Critical Introduction Essay example

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How could you use an analysis of the pattern of looks or the identity of the gaze to develop a critical reading of contemporary mainstream film?

“The concept of gaze is how an audience views the people presented.” The types of gaze are categorized by who is involved and who is looking. “The male gaze” which is a term whom Laura Mulvey introduced in this piece of writing, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. Mulvey suggests that women are typically presented as just ‘objects’ in film, serving a sexual purpose for men, she states “Women displayed as sexual object is the leit-motif of erotic spectacle.” (Laura Mulvey, 1975, 11)

This essay will be an analysis of the identity of the gaze in mainstream film with a brief insight to
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The particular scene involves Vivian in a hotel room with a rich man named Edward Lewis, whom she met by accident that night. The scene focuses on Vivian laying on the floor, wearing very little, whilst laughing continuously at the television, and drinking white wine. Edward leaves his seat where he is doing business work, and moves to sit closer to Vivian. He begins staring at her and she looks directly back; and within the pattern of looks, the camera uses a close up shot, which is a point-of-view shot from Vivian’s perspective, seeing Edward staring into her eyes. This isn’t just the male gaze; this could also be treated as an Intra-diegetic gaze (A gaze of one depicted person at another or at an animal or an object) within the world of the text (typically depicted in filmic and televisual media by a subjective ‘point-of-view shot’) http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/Documents/gaze/gaze02.html) as within the pattern of looks (sequence of camera shots) as the camera continuously acts as each characters point-of-view.

A high angle camera shot is used from Edwards point-of-view looking down at Vivian; this makes him look powerful and superior, in comparison to Vivian whom looks powerless. This shot highlights the automatic interest Edward has in Vivian, he watches her carefully and it is almost like he was inviting her over to him with just by looking, knowing that

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