Essay on Snatch: Narrative and Audiences

926 Words Dec 2nd, 2005 4 Pages
Snatch
Guy Ritchie, 2000

Snatch is classified under the Gangster genre. The film uses the codes and conventions of this genre which creates meaning for its audiences. As in all films the first ten minutes are the key in setting up the audiences expectations and also to inform its viewers of information needed to understand the rest of the film. By the genre one has narrative expectations due to the stereotypes of genre films, in this case it might be, gunfights, scams and money making schemes. Also certain themes will be expected as gangster genre films have reoccurring themes such as violence, theft, drugs and money. Before the film even starts audiences have their own expectations by the title and by Ritchie's own personal style.
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The men continue up a floor and into a room. The music for this section of the scene is slow, mellow and easy. As they enter the room the music stops, this means a narrative event should take place. The music is quickly made intense, fast paced and made for action. You now see your main iconography in a London Gangster genre, guns and diamonds which inevitably leads to one of our main themes; theft, or in language for the genre, Snatch. The scene also gives audiences its first action code leaving viewers wanting and expecting more. Next, we have the credits; Ritchie has used the credits as a narrative device. We see all the main antagonists and the protagonists too. We see a shot of all the characters and next to them is a piece of text with their name.
Also the characters show a small glimpse of their role in the film. It also shows a little hint of their motivations for the film. Most are motivated by money and making money, others such as are protagonist are motivated by his business. The credits also introduce themes for the film, diamonds, money, boxing, gambling, violence and guns. Some of these give the audience iconography which they expect in a film of the Gangster genre, including costumes. The music for the introductory credits is fast paced which shows audiences that the film will follow suit. The next sequence again starts with a narrative device giving us our setting, ‘London'. This scene goes back to the two men seen in the beginning; our

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