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Sarah Pinkerton

on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of Tsotsi

Gabrielle Tsotsi Summary Themes Flashback Music Characters Cinematography Director & Adaptation Reviews Questions “Directed by Gavin Hood and starring the extraordinary Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi, the film was adapted, post-apartheid, from playwright Athol Fugard's 1980 novel. It lays a stark narrative that's devoid of sentimentality but stoked with emotional power; without getting maudlin, it will tear you to shreds… Tsotsi has a richness and vitality that transcend its simple plot. The film's portrait of an impoverished Soweto and its hardscrabble glimpses of AIDS never generalizes or patronizes, only witnesses.” - Houston Chronicle “It merely becomes a transported retelling of that banal reformation story involving a troubled young hoodlum who gradually converts. The Johannesburg equivalent of any stateside gangster fairy tale, Tsotsi actually feels even more forced than Hollywood's modern urban dramas.” - Moviefone “You don't have to read crystal balls to see into Tsotsi's future; you just need to have watched a couple of Hollywood chestnuts in which hope trumps despair, and individual good will triumphs over all. That may help explain why the movie was nominated for an Academy Award for foreign-language film: despite the flavorful patois and subtitles, "Tsotsi" isn't much different from every studio cautionary tale with an unhappy past, a criminal present and an unhappier future.” - The New York Times Based on a novel by Athol Fugard published 1980
Focused on apartheid DECENCY Shown through:
Tsotsi REDEMPTION Seen throughout the movie primarily through Tsotsi's actions and his and his gradual proximity to decency. HOPE Shown through:
Baby's Parents
The Slums
& more Tsotsi Butcher Boston Aap Miriam Morris After running away from his abusive father, David, later self-named Tsotsi, goes to live on the streets with orphan children. His life on the streets makes Tsotsi cold hearted and he later become the leader of a gang made up of his friends. They run the streets mugging and killing people. One night he robs a wealthy woman by stealing her car. While driving away, he hears a baby crying in the back seat. The film Tsotsi is about Tsotsi ‘s evolution from a cold-hearted gangster into a tenderhearted caretaker due to his nurturing of a baby. The director uses flashbacks to give background to Tsosti’s background’s experiences. As a child, he witnessed horrific events that led him to becoming a gangster. The flashbacks are used to build sympathy for Tsosti. The music is modern which sets the time period of the film. In high-energy scenes, the music is fast paced. The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola as well as a score by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker featuring the voice of South African protest singer/poet Vusi Mahlasela. The genres of the soundtrack include: Kwaito, Hip-hop, and Afro-pop. The last scene uses sentimental music to add to the intensity of the emotional film. HIV Poster Rural Area Warm colors
Infrastructure Urban Area Cool colors
Dark Shot in a Super 35 millimeter in order to exploit the emotional and psychological uses of color and photography Book Gavin Hood Acts, writes, co-produces, and directs
Created a TV series for the South African Dept. of Health (AIDS)
Modernized the book to be about current issues HIV/AIDS & Class First time there's a visible class system between one race
Still segregation between blacks/whites simply because they do not intermingle
AIDS is represented subtly but is still a huge factor in Tsotsi's struggles to survive It was obvious that Tsotsi had changed throughout the movie. Who do you think impacted him the most?

Why do you think Tsotsi decides to take the baby rather than just leave the baby in the car?

Why do you think Tsotsi decides not to hurt Morris while following him from the subway?

What do you think was Miriam's role in the film? Was she just Baby David's source of food?

What do you think is the difference between Boston's definition of decency and Tsotsi's?

Compare the South African slums with the Brazilian slums. What do they have in common? How do they differ? Work Cited http://www.chron.com/entertainment/movies/article/Tsotsi-1879750.php




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