Hairspray By John Waters: Scene Analysis

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In This film, John Waters utilizes formalistic criteria, however it's basis is that of a real life example of what he remembers as a teenager. This style was the mis-en-scene, which was evident in the beginning as the title credits rolled and theme song played("Hairspray" by Rachel Sweet with Deborah Harry). Each Corny Collins' character has a 1960s style – big hair, stylish suits and dresses, and some classical-like music to dance to. Every shot within the title sequence focuses mainly on the hair, because of hairspray. One part, Corny Collins looks at an album by a black singer and pitches it out of his sight, hoping no one sees, indicating segregation. When we meet Link, it shows that he is the main man throughout the film. The Von-Tussles and the Turnblatts are totally different families. At the same time that Amber is upset about pimples, the Turnblatts are sitting down to dinner of macaroni cheese, obviously not caring about their figures, but their appetite. In the scene in …show more content…
Divine did not consider himself a drag queen, but a character actor. He has played roles of women in John Waters' films, but would play any part. All the characters on the set of the film have a stylistic appearance, pertaining to the 1960s and their character as well. The Von-Tussles are the rich, villainous characters, yet the women are blonde, while the Turnblatt women have dark hair and are in favor of well intentions. Originally, Blonde women were the light and the Brunettes were seen as the deceitful dark characters. Here, we see this flip. Hairspray is a riot of a film. It's an outrageous display of a small-town teenage dance show and its lengths to integrate are expressed cinematic ally, but in the sense of like an abstract artist paints a picture and with more

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