Film Sequence Analysis Final
Get Out is a film that sparked ample controversy with its racial storyline when it was released in 2017. The film addresses the subtle forms of racism that people of color, have to deal with in modern America. During a pivotal scene in Jordan Peele’s Get Out we are able to see the curiosity of the goal-oriented protagonist’s white and Asian counterparts by the way they observe, touch, and question him. The scene sequence starting at 42:08-50:00 has numerous correlations with the historical issues of class and racism in America. Chris Washington, the goal-oriented protagonist, and his girlfriend, Rose Armitage look out of the window to see several black vehicles arrive in the Armitage driveway. The couple then go downstairs where Chris finds himself confronted with several questions about his race, sex drive, and the advantages of being black in America. He then is able to get away from the crowd of his white counterparts where he meets a blind art dealer who tells him he had a great eye, which one finds out to have a double meaning later in the movie. The goal-oriented protagonist is castrated because he was unaware of what was going on and being betrayed by his girlfriend, Rose.
Cinematography and editing shows the connectivity between the numerous elements in the film. The cinematography used in Get Out has a large number of long shots and close ups to express the feeling of being out of place between Chris and guest at the Armitage guests. During this scene sequence the scenes where Chris is interacting with the guest they are all long shots, it is like he in not totally engaged with his surrounding or it is not his point of view. The close-up shots are the only time that one is able to see from his perspective is when he is looking through his camera lenses and taking pictures of his surroundings. One is then able to indicate this is the way in which he interacts with the surrounds and is finding the truth because the long shots are not his truth. The editing of this scene sequence uses glance-object cut which in return assists with expressing the engagement that the protagonist is having with his surroundings. The film in not really being told from his perspective and we are viewing it as if we the audience where standing next to him. However, the glance-object cut allows the audience to see him his perspective in a few moments in the film to allow connectivity with the audience, Chris, and his surroundings.
Jordan Peele uses pastiche, a theoretical concept, where one is able to see the similarities between films, such as The Stepford Wives, which shows close similarities between another film. Aside, from the two films having similarities we are also able to see discrepancies and distortions. The Stepford Wives and Get Out are similar in ways such as the Eberhart family moves to a wealthier neighborhood and Chris in Get Out is visiting his girlfriend’s wealthy...