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My P. Le EN115 – F (English Composition) Assignment for Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 Thesis statement: “The Usual Suspects” is, indeed, unusual – its creative approach to a seemingly ordinary plot represents the art of story-telling and challenges our conventional ideas about cinema. In addition to Testazzurro’s arguments concerning the three key moments in the film, I would argue about how other cinematographic, dialogical and acting elements contribute to the successful creation of a compelling film . Supporting Evidence: - Explaining and expanding Testazzurro’s arguments on the three keys moments - The obscure of narration: Verbal tells the story while Kujan is the one “remembering” it (What we see on the screen is what Kujan thinks is the flashbacks in Verbal’s mind) - The line-up scene: gives the 1 st impression of the 5 criminals – this scene, in the end, happens to be just Verbal’s making- up, but initially it stamps in our mind the supposed characteristics of the 5 criminals by the way they read the sentence. - Every character, on some level, has a purpose that binds them to the story's premise (“A man with a powerful will can bend others to his purpose.”). Everyone is shown to have a dominating, powerful personality, doing everything possible to achieve his goal (analyze Verbal’s, Keaton’s and Kujan’s behavior, as well as some minor characters’) - Timely , adequate and appropriate background music serves to create a mysterious atmosphere throughout the film and “cues” the viewers. - The change of time: going back and forth between the present and the past. - The change of pace: fast, continuous happenings at the beginning, then the long narration of Verbal, and things twist completely and suddenly in the last two minutes of the film. 1- The film "The Usual Suspects" (Bryan Singer, U.S.A., 1995) has a plot that circles around and around before finally hitting the mark. It is hidden under deceit, lies, and misgivings. Because everything is told from the perspective of one person, or in the first person, nothing is clear. Could that person be lying? Or is it that he is just the mere pawn of a darker and more evil force, without even realizing it. Maybe he is just giving the facts. These shades of gray are very successful in manipulating the audience's point of view. Of course all of this is accomplished through the exceptional cinematography contained in "The Usual Suspects". One of the main objectives of a film is to never let the audience escape, to never allow them to realize that it is only a movie. By way of devices such as editing, filming style, and even the musical score this film is able to do exactly that right up until the last minute with an ending that nothing could prepare you for. By examining these techniques in detail we can gain an even greater appreciation, not only for the film, but for the elements involved as well.
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