Shakespeare In Love Movie Analysis

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Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 film directed by John Madden with an Oscar-winning score by Stephen Warbeck. The movie deals with William Shakespeare struggling to write a new comedic play in 16th century London, until he comes across a noblewoman Viola who he falls in love with and also becomes his inspiration in writing. The scene analyzed is Viola and William’s first encounter at her house. And The Social Network is a 2010 film directed by David Fincher also with an Oscar-winning score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It chronicles the creation of the social media site Facebook starting from 2003, and complications that Mark Zuckerberg has to deal with, due to lawsuits of ownership from the Winklevoss twins and co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin. The specific scene analyzed is the deposition questioning of Mark and Eduardo and the meeting with Sean Parker. Despite the heavy differences in geographical settings and historical time between these movies, the composers still aim to provide music that sets up the tone between characters who have newly met with one another, and signals a complex relationship for the rest of each movie.
The Shakespeare in Love scene underscores physical actions, and part of the scenes
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Each score uses vastly different instrumentation that helps distinguish the setting and time for each movie, but still provide psychological and temporal tools that establish the characters’ thoughts and guiding the characters’ objectives. The Shakespeare in Love scene aims to further the relations between Viola and William by bringing a brighter tone, while The Social Network scene’s tense mood of the score heightens Eduardo’s doubts about the future of the company, which may end up seeming inevitable at least by the time of the deposition’s

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