Week 9 Blog Assignment

My chosen scene is where Hendrick becomes the newly appointed director/owner/some leadership role of the theater in Berlin. This scene could be considered more like multiple very short scenes smashed together as one united scene lasting several minutes. It is precisely why that I chose it, it stood out very much from other scenes.

Throughout the entirety of these scenes, it shows Hendrick hard at work – and a bit over exaggerated, though he is an actor – at his new found position by rapidly going over several factors, problems, or just general things regarding the state of his theater and business. From talking with his employees, to examining the cleanliness of objects, interviewing a man, going over wardrobe, and even more responsibilities that come with the job. The scene quickly transitions from each, I suppose, smaller scene through very succinct cuts, almost without warning. The cuts are also quite inconsistent, immediately switching to a different room of varying size/color with different people or even with different garb and a contrasting tone of voice from the scene it cuts from, showing that Hendrick is always on the move and conducting some sort of task that may or may not be related to helping his theater and the arts flourish.

Aside from the cuts, it also utilizes several camera angles and shots. Both the rapid cutting between his tasks and varying camera angles really play off that Hendrick is working laboriously and intensively in his job, be it due to genuine care for the business or because he is ordered to by the general is still quite unclear at this point.

Sound can also be related, in a sense, as even when scenes cut, someone’s voice will be heard, mostly Hendrick’s of course. Between scenes, his tone and pitch of voice changes depending on the situation he is in. Sometimes he will be yelling, almost in an annoyed rage, other times his mocking, but for the most part he uses a rapid and comprehensible voice to get his point across effectively and quickly. Again, this plays off his busy nature as director/owner of the theater.

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3 thoughts on “Week 9 Blog Assignment

  1. I find it interesting how you relate the quick scenes that are put together to Hendrick’s busy nature. The short scenes give the viewer a distorted perspective of time. This helps move certain parts of the story along which is important especially when the movie is already very long. The audience gets to see the transition of Hendrick’s career throughout the movie, and this scene supports that plot tremendously. Hendrick is extremely dramatic during this sequence of cuts. This not only represents his personality as an actor, but it draws the audience in and keeps them interested in each aspect of his career. Had he seemed uninterested or nonchalant, this would have contradicted his passion for acting and also would have made for a boring scene. I like how you point out the rapid cutting and angle shots accurately demonstrate his desire to be successful in this industry as he works hard and fervently.

  2. I think that in addition to what you said about the quick cuts being used to condense time and show how quickly/frantically Hendrik is working to be successful, they could also serve a few other purposes. First, it seems to show that Hendrik actually is somewhat disinterested in the tasks he is performing. Showing the clips in rapid succession gives the feel that Hendrik isn’t dwelling on his work there and would rather be doing something else, namely acting. Also, for a movie that’s already unbearably long, it serves to move the plot along while also letting us know that this part of the story is not terribly important or pivotal to the film as a whole.
    The quick cuts could serve any or all of a number of purposes, from time condensation to showing Hendrik’s ferocious work ethic, and perhaps the discontinuity of color, light, content, etc between cuts could tie into all of this as well, as it defies our expectations and seems unnatural. Perhaps this sequence is just one of many representations in the film that no matter how hard Hendrik works and how pure his intentions are, he is still doing things that just aren’t right, all guided and perpetuated by the ulterior motives of others.

  3. This scene is actually quite particular because the speediness of the scenes, the close up of his face with talking about his visions for the theater, and the change in tone of his voice while portraying his emotions represents the passion he has for the theater. The scene you picked also struck out to me, and first I was repelled. It was too passionate for me to handle at first, but now I can appreciate the scene artistically. It has quite a bit of meaning, as it also established a trait of Hendrick’s, seeing the side of him that propels him to his doom. This also connects to the scene I had analyzed, which was the scene that had a lot of quick shots of him in different costumes, which also showed how much he enjoyed the theater and acting. It also conveys that he gets into his roles overtime.

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