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GRAN TORINO

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Joana Dias

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Transcript of GRAN TORINO

Narrative
Structure

Narrative and
Character
Analysis

Editing/Post Production,
Sound and Summary

Location
Analysis and Scene Count

Mise-en-scene and
Cinematography

Joana Dias
Student ID 1364762
Creative Media
Production Level 3
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Narrative Analysis:
Gran Torino
Music which is heard before the film has even started, during the title clip.
Social
GRAN TORINO
UNIT 22
FILM ANALYSIS PRESENTATION

CLINT EASTWOOD
Walt has become alienated from his family and everyone else
Has an unpleasant and grumpy nature
Walt spends most of his time tinkering and mowing his lawn
violence and gang related problems surround his neighborhood
Typical drama genre conventions such as:


families which have to their own problems and conflicts.


(in this case Walt doesn’t seem to like his family at all and alienates himself even though he is old, lonely, and sick.
Thao's family -
Hmong tradition
They value traditional beliefs and respect one another
No one seems to disrupt Walt
Tough nature, unafraid to give people a piece of his mind
Korean war veteran
Had been forced to kill children (during the war)
He is respected by hardly anyone
Family only get in touch when they need something
One main sub story within the narrative
Sub story and main story merge to become part of one overall narrative.
SUB STORY
THE HMONG FAMILY
Immigrated to Walt's neighborhood
Some of the family members are involved in gang culture

Thao has a sensible nature but cannot escape the peer pressure
Thao's gang initiation
Steal Walt's Gran Torino
FAILS
Gets caught
Works for Walt as a form of apology
Both stories collide and conjoin into one.
Walt gets to know Thao and his culture - seems happier as a result
Walt appreciates the traditional values incorporated into the Hmong beliefs. Feels that it’s what the modern American society lacks
Views of the Hmong family are initially met with stereotype and prejudice
WALT FINDS A PURPOSE
Walt finds a way to end the gang violence surrounding Thao and his family
Sacrifices himself
Leaves his prized Gran Torino to Thao as opposed to his granddaughter Ashley
Character Analysis:
The main characters in the film include...
WALT KOWALSKI
(Clint Eastwood)
FATHER JANOVICH
(Christopher Carley)
THAO
(Bee Vang)
SUE
(Ahney Her)
-Thao's sister
MITCH KOWALSKI
- Walt's son
(Brian Haley)
ASHLEY KOWALSKI
- Walt's granddaughter
(Dreama Walker)
Other characters include...
Steve Kowalski
(Walt's other son)
Karen (Mitch’s wife)
Barber Martin
Tim Kennedy
Location
Suburban neighborhood
Based in Detroit, Michigan
Walt's house
Hmong family's house
The Church
Barber shop
Hardware store
Scene Count
92 scenes in the 116 minute film – each scene is on average 1.3 minutes.
Similar pace
First episode of breaking bad consisted of scenes which were on average 2-3 minutes long; in comparison to Gran Torino that is relatively long.
Sequence Analysis - Opening Scene
Mise-en-scene
Ashley’s phone which keeps beeping throughout the funeral due to her actively using it – demonstrates disrespect
only cares for herself
selfish individual
Walt's late wife
Children are seen meddling with Walt’s chest box in the basement where Walt keeps his timeworn belongings
Use of props gives viewers information about Walt’s background (his military badges, etc.).
The lighting throughout the scene is quite dim and dull with quite a low saturation – you could say that this represents Walt and his current life, dim, dull and low.
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Long shot of the church
Low angled medium shot of the man playing an organ
High angled long shot inside the church
Tracking shot down the aisle of the church
i.e.
Dynamic range of shots, most if not all types are included.
The camera also starts of wide and gradually gets closer towards the subjects – this is a general rule and creates a feel of tension overall.
Basic cuts are used throughout the scene.
One of the first things you hear are the church organs



Dictates the depressing mood of Walt’s story



The music in this scene essentially reflects Walt.


The sequence is also linear meaning the
events occur in order.


Church music
Footsteps
Door shutting
Dialogue
Wooden bench sounds
Walt’s constant coughing
Snoring
Ashley’s phone beeping
Walt’s growling

Plate noises
Spitting sound
Doorbell ringing
DIAGETIC SOUNDS
NON DIAGETIC SOUND
Overall

Scene introduces main characters - Walt Kowalski, Ashley Kowalski, Mitch Kowalski, Steve Kowalski, Father Janovich, Karen Kowalski andThao
The purpose of the opening is to gain an immediate insight into Walt’s perspective in order to understand his character better
The scene depicts his loneliness
He is not generally appreciated or respected by his family and people in general and that is an important fact that establishes the opening sequence.
Parallel narratives
There are a range of characters, most of which consist of a group i.e. a family group (the Kowalski and Hmong family) - they all have conflicts and obstacles they have to overcome - this is a typical drama convention. The range of characters allows us to view their perspective at times, yet certain characters remain unlikeable e.g. Ashley Kowalski - we understand that Walt is a miserable old man and for that reason she isn't close to her grandfather - we see that point of view - yet nevertheless, her character traits remain overall unlikeable.
This is a typical character for Clint Eastwood to play. He generally plays the hero - the guy who takes out the bad guys and is seen as the savior - the great American civilizer. He is also a politician in his personal life, therefore he may want the media to influence his persona overall - not just in fiction, but for it to reflect the traits he would like the public to notice him for.
Range of locations - typical drama locations.
Community
Typical things to expect from a drama narrative
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