Manypeople enjoy watching movies, and to some, watching movies is ahobby. Others watch movies in order to relax their minds or entertainthemselves. The movies “My Brother is the only Child” and “I amnot scared” are very interesting to watch. They are bothentertaining and fascinating. However, besides entertaining, themovies tell the story of a country and convey meaningful messages. Toget the messages being conveyed, more is needed than just watchingthe movies alone. One needs to immerse his/her mind into the moviesas well as thinking deeply about them. In this article, I am makingthe attempt of analyzing both movies in order to squeeze out theintended messages as well as meaning. I will also focus moreattention on the film techniques that add value and meaning to thevarious scenes in the movies.
Iam not scared
Themovie, “I am not scared” is an Italian movie that was produced in2003 under the direction of Gabriele Salvatore. The setting is in the1970s. The timeframe is well known as the “Years of the Lead”.During this time, the social conflict was widespread and theunprecedented acts of terrorism were being carried out by theparamilitary groups. The atrocities that are recorded in history arefeatured in the movie. It tells the story of a young boy namedMichelle. The boy discovers a horrible crime that the entire societyof southern Italy commits.
Themovie starts with the production credits, just like all other moviesdo. Once the credits have played, the picture fades in and the cameramoves quickly from left to right, revealing a surface that is rocky.The camera finally rests on the title that resembles chalk writingson a dark surface. The sound of water drops is heard accompanied bythe sound of a simple piano music. The camera then tracks back fromthe title and the screen fades black as the camera moves to the rightside. It passes over a blanket then moves upwards. It becomes clearto the person watching the movie that there is a cave in the ground.The sound of insects is heard accompanied by that of a crow. Thecamera is then focused on a crow that sits at the opening of thehole. The black color of the crow is in sharp contrast with thegolden tones of the gleaming corn fields in the background and thebright and clear blue sky. The scene is shot in a single sweepingcamera movement [ CITATION Gia13 l 1033 ].The first cut then comes in when the camera follows the girl who ispacing through the corn field. That marks the starting point of themovie.
Thesubtitle “Southern Italy 1978” marks the start of the movie. Itgives the setting for the narrative in terms of time and place. Theyear 1978 falls in the timeframe that is well known as the “Yearsof the Lead”. During this time, the social conflict was widespreadand the unprecedented acts of terrorism were being carried out by theparamilitary groups.
Thesubtitle thus suggests that the film is acting as a commentary ofsome kind about the aspects of civil unrest. Many are times Michelledoes something because he feels inside himself that it is the rightthing. As the movie progresses, Michelle walks across a beam on thefirst floor of the house. The camera is set at a low angle in orderto show the eminent danger that Michelle faces. As Michelle preparesto jump, the camera frames his position in a low angle shot. Thisinvites us to empathize with the fear that he is going through. In areverse shot, we are able to see the view from the window. In theend, the camera gives the viewers an aerial view when the helicopterflies in the midair in the search for the ring leader.
Themovie outlines a clear difference between the young and the oldgenerations. The parents’ generation is corrupt but the youngergeneration is full of passion and good will. However, the movie endson a sad tone. Michelle’s father shoots his own son in the leg. Theother kidnappers are not concerned about the incident. They orderMichelle’s father to leave his son and go after the escapee.
Thismovie gives a message of hope and redemption. At the end of themovie, the helicopters arrive and the ringleader is tracked down ashe tries to escape. The last scene is that of a repentant Pinoholding his son tightly and Michelle reaching out to Filipo. Thefinal image therefore is that of hope and peace. The future of thecountry looks bright and a solution to the many problems in thecountry can be found.
MyBrother is the Only Child
Themovie “My Brother is the Only Child” is a 2007 Italia drama filmthat was produced under the direction of Daniele Luchetti. It isbased on Antonio Pennachi novel. It depicts the situation in Italywhen the country had started making giant steps in terms of economicdevelopment. However, despite this success, the country waspolitically unstable[ CITATION Dug13 l 1033 ].The positive changes did not auger well with everyone.Industrialization and urbanization made some peasant farmers feelalone and left out. Many felt a sense of social injustice and thefeelings drove them into politics. The modernization had opened thePandora’s Box and a plague of evils had been let loose. Tensionswere high and riots were everywhere. People had to identifythemselves with certain parties. In the movie, Accio, the hard headedbrother of Manrico joins a fascist party and nicknames himself asbully so as to appear intimidating. On the other hand, Manrico joinsthe left-wing politics. Accio becomes deeply rooted into politics andleaves home just because his mother supports another party.
Luchettiemploys of a lot of close – ups and hand held camera shots in orderto bring the viewers close to the unfolding events as well as thecentral characters. The most common film technique in the movie isthe master shot. This is seen at the political meeting held in theopen air. The scene is long and the camera focuses mostly on thespeaker. When Accio stands at the top of a cliff near the sea shores,an aerial shot is taken. The staging of the movie makes it look likemore of a documentary than a drama. The events in movie resemble thereal life events.
Themovie conveys a message that is full of hope. Though there is a greatpossibility that political affiliations can turn brother againstbrother, the movie shows that the bond between brothers is strong andimportant. The brothers in the movie belong to different parties.Accio and Manrico demonstrate as members of the fascist party and thecommunist party respectively. However, a bond of love still existsbetween them. Accio ends up leaving his party and tears hismembership card after the party members’ burn his brother’s car. Accio’s actions act as a sign of hope. They show that amidheightened political tensions, some people can still follow their ownminds and heart for the sake of peace and unity. The film makerssupport the organization of protests as a way of finding a solutionto the various problems within the country. This is seen in theattitude of Accio’s brother who drowns deeper into the heart ofrevolutionary violence. The film has a sad ending. Francesca dies inan exchange of gun fire amid the police hot pursuit. The filmtherefore fails to portray an image of a positive future for thecountry. In the end, Accio leaves the country along with his familyand his young nephew.
Havingwatched the films, it is crystal clear that there is an outstandingdifference between the generations of the children and those of theirforefathers. The young adults are educated while their fathers areilliterate, the educated young stars know their rights and they wouldfight for these.
Bothmovies are very interesting to watch. The film techniques in thefirst movie are awesome and captivating. The second movie is full ofmeaning and very natural at the same time. The film makers suggestthat protests and increased security are helpful in solving securityissues.
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Giannetti, Louis D. Understanding Movies. New York: Pearson Education, Limited, 2013.