Before the Devil Knows Your Dead

The salient techniques exhibited in this film follow

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The salient techniques exhibited in this film follow modern trends of naturalism. Lumet shows us New York City as it looks to the naked eye, with minimal artificial lighting, the audience feels like they have been transported to the streets of the big city. The sound is synchronous and at points nonsimultaneous, leaving the film with a crisp
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and clear soundtrack. This natural approach provides an auditory and visually pleasing final cut. Lumet use of contemporary narrative techniques came as a shock; the movie is surprisingly youthful in its look and style for the 83 year-old director from the golden age. It follows a basic outline but deviates from typical chronology or temporal order in the sense that the story events progress by character, then the story is rewound and retold from a different characters point of view. The audience is often transported forward in time from a character standpoint, but back in time as far a the progression of the story. This technique adds layers and depth to the story, forcing the audience to analyze the characters psyches and actions multiple times. The repetition allows the audience to
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  • Winter '08
  • blaire
  • Marisa Tomei, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Director Sidney Lumet, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Devil Knows

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