The scene that was the most memorable for me was the scene in which Feder sees Maria for the first time. The setting is in The Club of the Sons at the entrance to the Eternal Gardens.
Maria opens two MASSIVE doors, the size of which are easily 20ft tall, and walks out onto the patio. The depth-of-field is very large. Maria and the group of kids make up a mere 5% of the shot; the rest is a vast expanse of garden and patio in front of the camera. I think this large depth of field symbolizes how truly distant the people in the Club of Sons are from the workers underground.
The shots alternate between Feder and Maria with each shot becoming more and more zoomed in on the actors. (Would this be an example of intellectual montage? The montage suggests that Feder and Maria are looking at each other thus interested in each other?) I think it is interesting to note that Feder and Maria wear similar outfits. Maria’s outfit looks like a female version of exactly what Feder is wearing. Neither of them wear dark colors, which is different from every other actor in the film. Perhaps this similarity in dress symbolizes that Feder and Maria are meant for each other, or perhaps the light colors just represent that they are both the protagonists and the “good” guys.
They gaze longingly at each other, but then Maria and the children are forced to leave. The camera is still alternating between shots of Maria and shots of Feder. The action is centered around them. Feder holds his hands on the left side of his chest where his heart is located as he watches Maria exit.. perhaps to symbolize that he is infatuated with Maria.
This scene is, in my opinion, the most important scene in the film because it is this scene that inspires Feder to follow Maria underground and see what the workers’ city is like. This scene begins the rising action that really initiates the plot for the film.