Neo-Noir – Dressed To Kill (1980)

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Neo-Noir ‘Dressed to Kill’ 1980

In the film extract of ‘Dressed To Kill’ firstly a wide range of camera angles are used. An oblique/canted camera angle is used. This is used to indicate to the audience that this scene is unstable or ‘something is going to go wrong’. Also a Close-Up Shot is used mainly to concentrate on the face of the protagonist and the fear and emotion in her eyes in the vital killing scene. The surrounding background is blurred and dark to gain the audience’s attention. Using a close up shot enables to audience to almost experience with the character their fear and expression. Likewise, an extreme close up is also used in this scene. This shot magnifies beyond what the human eye would imagine in reality. This shows just the woman’s eyes with no background and gives dramatic tension to the scene.

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Also a long shot is used at the beginning of the clip when the woman is waiting for the lift. The shot shows a full view of the surrounding corridor and while focusing on the woman in the background slightly blurred is the antagonist in the window of the door. In this we as the audience see is but the woman does not. This long shot is effective because it gives us a full frame and picture of what may be about to occur. The fact that the antagonist at this point it hidden from the woman makes us feel slightly uneasy and gives an enigmatic feel. Also a point of view shot is used when following the woman into the lift (imitating the antagonist almost chasing or following the woman).  The camera is positioned from the antagonists point of view to show perhaps that something uneasy is about to happen.

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Furthermore, in this scene sound is used to increase tension at the unknown and enigmatic parts of the clip. The music, which is high pitched and classical when building up to the killing but then changes to a ‘physco stabbing sound’ when she is being brutally killed is effective as it is fast paced and made with loud instruments to create a brutal killing scene. The sound is also foregrounded at high-tension times when a dramatic moment is about to happen. E.g. when the protagonist and antagonist first meet. The music is also parallel to the mood of the extract. The clip is edgy and enigmatic and this sense is portrayed by the music being high tension and high pitched; telling us that perhaps something bad is going to happen. The sound can also help to evoke audience reaction.

Furthermore, in this scene sound is used to increase tension at the unknown and enigmatic parts of the clip. The music, which is high pitched and classical when building up to the killing but then changes to a ‘physco stabbing sound’ when she is being brutally killed is effective as it is fast paced and made with loud instruments to create a brutal killing scene. The sound is also foregrounded at high-tension times when a dramatic moment is about to happen. E.g. when the protagonist and antagonist first meet. The music is also parallel to the mood of the extract. The clip is edgy and enigmatic and this sense is portrayed by the music being high tension and high pitched; telling us that perhaps something bad is going to happen. The sound can also help to evoke audience reaction.

In addition, in this scene transitions and edits are used. A gradual fade from one shot to the next is used when flashbacking to another image and thought in her head. This creates a smoother cut by crossfading to it. Moreover, a lot of quick and fast edits are used in the stabbing part of this scene while crosscutting from the protagonist and antagonist. This is effective as it shows the drama and tension of what is happening. It makes the audience feel the suspense and tension; emphasising to the viewer making it heart pounding by using fast edits. Also, after the stabbing occurs to show what has just happened the shots are held out for much longer. By doing this is could suggest that the editing reflects the life of the woman and as she is dying slowly the cuts are holding for longer.

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