The Dining Room was a politically themed play and book by the talented playwright and author A.R. Gurney. Focusing on a single room the entire play, along with a set of dining room furniture, Gurney was able to eloquently create a play around this dining room- focused around different families during different time periods who have in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898. The props themselves morphed into characters- taking on stories and personalities themselves. Gurney’s play was socially and politically themed play that focused on the decline of the White Anglo Saxon Protestants in the United States, as well as the closure of the wide class divide that had been holding back the country for centuries.
The aim of the present movie appraisal is to analyze the film directed by Edward Zwick “Legends of the Fall”. The movie is dramatic. Just as the structure of the movie itself and exposition, it cannot be viewed only from one perspective. The initial presentation of information is conducted as a storytelling by one of the participants of those events – Cree Indian, who was called One Stab. He tells the story in the beginning and in the end. He also provides the letters which are used to show different perspectives and attitudes of characters to certain events. So, the time of the story is beginning of the century, with main events taking place around 1914 -1930-40s. The preliminary situation is a conversation of old One Stab with some journalists, who want to know the story of Ludow Family.
The true theme of Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds (1963) is the sense of loneliness and alienation that pervades modern human life. Although the film, on the surface appears to be the story of a bizarre ecological disaster where the birds of the world turn aggressive toward humanity, the underlying character development and conflicts that drive the narrative are actually signs that the bird-attacks are related to the tension and disharmony that exists between people. The commentary that is made by the film is that nature is responsive to human emotion an d when people fall out of the ‘flow” with nature, the natural world becomes a threatening, potentially lethal place. This theme and meaning is show throughout the film, but it is shown most clearly in the scenes that relate directly to rupture sin human communication, such as the scene when the birds attack the children at the birthday party just after Mitch and Melanie have a disturbing conversation about their respective childhoods, each of which shows tragic overtones. the same can be said about the scene where the birds attack the school and manage to kill Annie. The sub-text of Annie’s death is that it is her loneliness and isolation (from Mitch) that actually killed her and that the birds are simply a manifestation of her inner-turmoil and strife.
One of the most powerful functions of documentary films is their ability to introduce viewers to meaningful, important subjects and ideas. Many documentary filmmakers have chosen to document the day-to-day details about the way of life of a particular group of people. These people may be divided from the rest of the world by religion or geography or technology or culture; whatever it is that makes them stand apart provides the context and framework for the best documentary films. While seeing what it is that makes them different or unique, viewers also come to see what it is that makes them just like everyone else; the differences between people can also provide a glimpse into the universality of the human experience. Photographers, journalists, and other documentarians try to accomplish the same things, though in different ways, and often with different results. These differences in approach, technique, and subject matter also give viewers and readers a chance to learn that what divides us is usually much smaller than what unites us.
- “O you three guardians…” is spoken by the chorus made up of Theban Elder citizens to addresses the God’s. They are heard by King Oedipus as he hears their pleas. The three points of this quote are the supporting theme of “fate vs. free will”. They go along with the Greek culture and philosophy of relying on the Gods to save them, but also points out that although they feel the Gods caused the plague they want them to save them as well.