MAP AnalysisFried Green Tomatoes7/31/2018This research is being submitted on August 2nd, 2018, for April Ray’s G332 VisualCommunication in the Media course.
Fried Green Tomatoesis a tale of adventures from an older feisty lady’s perspectiveabout two young women that grow together not only in age but into themselves. The storylinebegins in the old ghost town of Whistle Stop, Ed and Evelyn drive through the town on their wayto the nursing home where the two main characters are introduced, Evelyn and NinnyThreadgoode.Mrs. Threadgoode tells the tales of Whistle Stop to Evelyn throughout the movie.I chose this film because I have loved the movie since I was a child and have always enjoyed thestoryline. This analysis ofFried Green Tomatoeswill use the six perspectives, personal,historical, technical, ethical, cultural and critical to visually analyze how the film caused viewersto feel fear, happiness and empowerment.Personal PerspectiveThe personal perspective is defined as, “a gut reaction to something you see or read(Notes, pg 1).”This is subjective response. For myself when Buddy is stuck in the railroadtracks, immediately fear struck me. Your mind races, you feel as if your stomach is empty.Gestalt’s positioning of the close proximity, “Elements near each other, in spatial proximity, areperceived as belonging together (Landa 2019, pg 29),” of the train to Buddy let me know thatthere was danger. The camera angles being low focusing in on his foot being stuck, zooming inon his facial expression and the view of the train from Buddy’s position further driving home thefear factor. The low camera angle “can make the audience feel vulnerable and small by lookingup at the character. This can help the responder feel empathy if they are viewing the frame fromanother character's point of view (Skwirk).” The angle stays low but moves back and forthbetween Buddy and the train intensifying the fear as well.
When a young Ruth, Idgie and Buddy are walking across the river dam the film makerhas created a serene scene. The use of the natural backdrop of trees and the cascading water atthe forefront creates a calm peaceful environment, this creates a continuing line as well.Historical PerspectiveThe historical perspective tells us when the movie was filmed or came out. Fried GreenTomatoes offers many indicators as to the era this film was made. One can tell this is a moviefrom the early 1990’s by the introductory font, it’s italicized and dated. Also the cast membersfeatured at the beginning of the film date the film because they were very popular actors at thetime, Mary Stewart Masterson, Kathy Bates, Chris O’Donnell and Timothy Scott (IMDb).Although we still see some of these actors in films today, as they have gotten older theirpopularity has went down as well. The car that Evelyn is seen driving throughout the movie is anolder style boxy Ford. Evelyn is also featured wearing permed hair, as are other characters