Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York - 12/6/2006 1:49:00 AM Scorsese likes to...

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06/12/2006 01:49:00 Scorsese likes to work with good writers and helps them write themselves Works with established people Schrader- Taxi Driver and Raging Bull Paul Schrader Raging Bull is a personal film for him o based on actual historic person (Arthur Bremer) presidential assassin trying to get Nixon and ended up getting  Wallace  Taxi Driver was first screenplay to be recognized as person contribution Taxi Driver opening and closing shots *suggest pattern or design to what film will adhere and suggest some of its  themes o *pattern and design Given no alternative world to Travis’s Closing shots leave film open ended or create positive or negative resolution  to conflict o Find out where journey has taken us Taxi Driver vs Mean Streets Taxi Driver has much tighter narrative o Three acts o Less episodic o Large sequences o Narrative designs
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o Ending looks back to beginning Cycle will continue Mean Streets is loose o Open ended ending o Ending somewhat stops, doesn’t end o Scorsese thought about doing sequel Voiceover much more central in Taxi Driver o Articulates structure of film o Gives us chronology of movie Starts May 10 goes to end of October because you can tell from  election o Us vs them-one alienated individual o Travis calls himself God’s lonely man Colors in Taxi Driver are unrealistic o Things are too colorful; looks overdone o Makes streets of New York look weird Because Tony has skewed way of looking at things Mean Streets takes familiar things and makes them look strange Screenplay in Taxi Driver first started with interview  At end of shootout, extreme high view looks down as policeman glide into  slow motion o Shift from being in room to dollhouse view of rooms from top o Travis’ environment closing in on him
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o Environments are hostile and confining Travis feels powerless because everyone around him has power Travis struggles most with the city Much more telephoto shots in Taxi Driver o Compress Travis against a crowd of people o Faceless member of crowd of people Music o Through composed Taxi Driver Composer comes in to write score for film Bernard Herman Classical score o In Mean streets very episodic and popical Schrader’s opening doesn’t have the 6 shot prelude Taxi Driver o Done using optical printer like they melt into one another o Content is very important o Shallow focus and dissolves o Very strange color pallette Gangs of New York Religious symbolism o When Leo gets the Policeman cuts to a shot of Jesus on the cross and  then the policeman is displayed like Jesus in front of the town Fire
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course DRAM 281 taught by Professor Korte during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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