Film Communication: Different Aspects Of Communication In Movies

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Communication is a part of pretty much everything and in almost every aspect of our lives. One of those aspects where we see communication often is in films. There are multiple different aspects of communication found in movies. This is because movies imitate life and typical human interactions. I am going to break down several aspects of communication within two films and compare elements of culture, gender, and relationships between the movies. The first films I chose to analyze is the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film is about a young man and woman, Brad and Janet, trying to use a stranger’s phone and instead getting pulled into a crazy evening of events by some very unusual individuals. Their perceptions of themselves …show more content…
There are several examples throughout the movie that demonstrate this. The main characters Brad and Janet are the average couple who follow the general social norms that many people followed in the sixties and early seventies. One aspect of these norms were the gender roles they experienced and participated in, in everyday life. However, these roles were challenged in every way when they met the Transylvanians over at the Frankenstein place. The other main character of the film, Frank-N-Furter, challenges and disregards these roles for himself and persuades others to do the same. This creates a unique communication between the traditional couple, Brad and Janet, and Frank-N-Furter. White Chicks also creates a very unique dialogue between genders but these aspects come through very differently than in Rocky Horror. Two men must live as two women for an entire weekend. This proves as a challenge because they must adjust everything about themselves so they can act as a gender they have no experience being. This creates interesting communication between their female personas and others throughout the film. Their perception of both genders is challenged and changed over the course of the movie in a way that is very different from how these perceptions change in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The gender roles inflicted on people can greatly impact the way they …show more content…
He is referred to as a male but is very androgynous and identifies as a transvestite. He wears corsets, fishnets, high heels, and makeup. He is very different than anyone Brad and Janet have ever seen. Brad and Janet dress in accordance and act in accordance with the gender roles of their society. In contrast with Frank-N-Furter, in White Chicks the two main characters’ dress as women for their job and not because they enjoy it and identify it as part of who they are. They wear skirts, heels, tights, and makeup similar to him, and they are both going outside of their normal gender roles even though it is for different reasons. The disruption of general roles greatly affects communication in both films. Brad and Janet are surprised by Frank-N-Furter’s appearance; Janet even screams when she sees him. However, he does not pay this much attention and goes on to sing a song about being a transvestite and says, “Don’t get strung out by the way I look, don’t judge a book by its cover”. He wants them to give his gender identity a chance and not be too judgmental right away. Yet, there is great strain between all of them and their communication due to Brad and Janet’s own views on gender roles. They are clearly generally uncomfortable at the beginning of the film which is apparent in their body language and the way they are speaking about everyone else. In comparison, the men in White Chicks are living as

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