A Beautiful Mind Essay

1561 Words Nov 3rd, 2008 7 Pages
How has the feature film you have studied captured and sustained the viewers interest?

Yes exactly and today in my seminar I will identify these key words to analyze and answer this question.
In the film 'A Beautiful Mind', the director Ron Howard, along with writers, producers etc have used many techniques in order to capture the viewers interest and sustain it through out the film. I have identified the most important techniques used as:

-how the actors are presented through characterization
-various techniques of cinematography and special effects
-and the fast pace of the film to make it exiting for the audience

Most of us already knew that people suffering from schizophrenia do things a bit differently from the norm,
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Crow does brilliantly playing an older Nash as he does not rely on elaborate makeup that he is wearing. This high level of characterization sustains the viewers interest until the final scene of the film.
The “prodigal roommate” Charles happens to be the complete opposite of Nash, which when the twist is revealed we discover is no coincidence at all, he is in fact a character created by Nash's mental disease due to the internal conflict occurring in his mind. This is why he is a polar opposite of Nash as he is laid back, humourous and sociable, adding contrast to the films characters.
Jennifer Connelly plays the difficult role of Nash's wife, Alicia, helping to steady Nash and his hallucinations. In reality one would think it would be extremely difficult to even act falling in love with someone of Nash's arrogance, rudeness and clear lack of social skills. However from the very beginning Alicia hears not rudeness but honesty in his suggestion that they “bypass platonic activities” on the way to lovemaking.

Ed Harris is also very convincing in his role as William Parcher, a Department of Defense Officer and there is no doubt in Nash's or the audiences mind that he could possibly be imaginary. He adds action, excitement and even danger to the film, drawing in the audiences attention. From start to finish these

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