Voyeurism

Voyeurism - Kevin Albano February 17, 2008 Point of View /...

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Kevin Albano February 17, 2008 Point of View / Voyeurism American Beauty begins with the obvious constructed shot of a young teenage girl, shown through the use of a hand-held camera. The narration reveals that she wants her father dead. The next scene is of a high angle shot, with a voice-over narration. The voice-over goes on to explain that Lester Burnham is speaking. He is already dead which implies that the following scenes of the movie are a construction of events that already took place. These comments are additions to what the spectator has already been subjected to when Lester points out “that it is not an accident the handles on her pruning sheer’s match her gardening clogs.” In American Beauty , Mendes constructs his images in order to ask the spectator to “look closer”. As the narration allowed the spectators to be guilt free voyeurs so does the video camera. Ricky is central in turning the family’s balance of power upside down, like the invisible hand playing with fate without directly
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This essay was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course EN 02 taught by Professor Karlins during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.

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Voyeurism - Kevin Albano February 17, 2008 Point of View /...

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