The Parent Trap: Movie Analysis

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1. Thesis statement
a. The 1998 version of The Parent Trap is a soundtrack film with many nostalgic aspects in the music, which changed the way audiences viewed this version of the film compared to the original 1961 version.
2. Use of nostalgia in film
a. “As texts move through history, they encounter new audiences, are placed in new contexts, or gather new historical and cultural resonances. Thus, the political and social function of texts’ nostalgia inevitably change.” (Dwyer, 2015)
i. This quote explains why audiences can have different reactions to the same content at different times in their lives and history.
1. Explaining why the use of nostalgia in a film soundtrack works in the way it does.
2. Draws out the memories that they originally
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The scene when walking to the isolation cabin
i. The visual scenes are almost identical causing the song choices to be the main differentiating factor between the two. ii. The 1998 version
1. Uses “The Great Escape March” (1963)
a. Originally from a film name The Great Escape iii. The 1961 version
1. Uses Colonel Bogey March (1914)
a. Originally a march created by a lieutenant in the British army under a pseudonym
c. The scene when Hallie (pretending to be Annie)/Susan (pretending to be Sharon) and Elizabeth James/Maggie McKendrick (the mothers in the respective films) go for a walk around their respective cities (London/Boston).
i. The 1998 version (Hallie/Elizabeth James/London)
1. “Here Comes the Sun” performed by The Beatles (1969) is playing. ii. The 1961 version (Susan/Maggie McKendrick/Boston)
1. Maggie McKendrick (performed by Maureen O’Hara) sings “For Now for Always.”
a. This song was written for this film.
4. Audience’s reactions
a. “The cinema audience’s investment in the pleasures offered by a particular film is intensified and extended by the soundtrack.” (Conrich & Tincknell, 2006)
i. This quote tells about one reason that a film even with some scenes that are very similar can cause very different reactions from the audience based on what music is chosen to accompany the

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