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Letter to Three Wives
Transcript of Letter to Three Wives
In the letter scene we experience focalization on the women and Addie Ross’s influence on them. The letter takes up the whole shot, forcing the audience to focus on it and what she is saying. It is also the first attention grabber in the movie; it makes us curious as to what is going to happen next. The Letter Scene As they pull away on the boat we hear the chaos of the little kids screaming and the roaring noise of the motor.
This scene introduces the nonlinear structure that is present throughout the movie.
There are also different narrators. Addie Ross is a third person limited narrator, while the other three women are not.
The camera zooms her face in and captures her complex facial expression. With the hint of the look on her face, the audience can expect her life isn’t going well to some degree.
Crosscutting is seen when the camera captures the three puzzled wives on board and immediately shifted to the telephone booth by the pier as they were staring at it. by positioning the two contrasting scenes, the three women’s inner conflict is heightened. The Flashback Scene A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950) brought him wide recognition along with two Academy Awards for each as a writer and a director, seven years after his elder brother Herman J. Mankiewicz won Best Screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941).
Nominated for eight Oscars between 1931-1973
A few of his many awards include: two Bodil awards, one Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, one Golden Globe, and one NYFCC Award. Further Analysis Going back to the past life allows the audience to actually observe each couple’s live vividly because it’s coming from the character’s internal focalization. We can more easily understand the character’s situation and identify with them.
The focalization of the movie jumps from woman to woman as they have their flashbacks, but also focalizes them as a group. In the end, we as the audience become attached to each woman and do not want either of them to be betrayed and husbandless.