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Leonardo DiCaprio
Born on Nov. 11th, 1974 in L.A.
Mother was a legal secretary; father was comic book artist
Named Leonardo after Leonard da Vinci
Parents divorced when he was one; mainly lived with mother
Mother was born in Germany
Early Career
Appeared in several commercials including one for Matchbox Cars, Bubble Yum bubble gum, and Kraft.
Had a recurring role on
Growing Pains
First breakthrough role was in
This Boy's Life
in 1993
The rest is history!
Three Movies
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Gilbert Grape is a young man with a lot of responsibility. After his father committed suicide when he was young, it became his responsibility to take care of his family, despite his young age. His brother, Arnie, is mentally challenged; while his mother is morbidly obese and bed-ridden. Gilbert soons meet a young woman by the name of Becky, whose truck broke down will passing through their small town of Endora, Iowa. For the first time in his life, he begins to put time into something other than his home life for he is falling in love with Becky.
Johnny Depp as Gilbert Grape
Leonard Dicaprio as Arnie Grape
Juliette Lewis as Becky
Darlene Cates as Bonnie Grape
Mary Steenburgen as Betty Carver
Catch Me

If You Can
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who by his 19th birthday made millions of dollars by forging and cashing counterfeit checks. By using fake names and occupations(including an airline pilot, lawyer, & doctor), he was able to swindle banks out of millions of dollars. This lavish con man eventually caught the eye of FBI agent Carl Hanratty catching a whiff of his trail. The two have a two year long cat and mouse chase until Frank is eventually captured in France. But, with his cooperation, he is released from prison under the condition that he helps the FBI in catching future counterfeiters and cracking down on the forgery industry in general.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Frank Abagnale Jr.
Tom Hanks
Agent Carl Hanratty
Christopher Walken
Frank Abagnale Sr.
Also Starring:
Martin Sheen as Roger Strong
Amy Adams as Brenda Strong
Django Unchained
2012 (PG-13)

After Django, a slave, is freed by a german bounty hunter, the two team up to try and rescue Django's enslaved wife. Their adventures lead them to meeting an eccentric plantation owner by the name of Calvin Candie, whom also happens to own Django's wife. Candie, whom is led to believe the pair wants to purchase one of his other slaves for an extremely high price invites the two to his plantation. Violence ensues from there, but Django ultimately rescues his wife with the help of the bounty hunter.


Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman

Christoph as Dr. King Schulz

Kerry Washington as Broomhilda Freeman

Leonardo Dicaprio as Calvin Candie

Samuel L. Jackson as Steven

Don Johnson as Big Daddy
Awards for all 3 films:
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
DiCaprio was nominated for an Academy Award (Best supporting Actor)
DiCaprio was nominated for a Golden Globe( B.S.A.)

Film was nominated for the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics Award (The Grand Prix)
Catch Me If You Can
Christopher Walken was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor)
DiCaprio was nominated for a Golden Globe (B.S.A.)

John Williams was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Original Score)
Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino won an academy Award (Best Original Screenplay)

Christoph Walz won an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor)

Was nominated for Best Picture
Use of sound in DeiCaprio's films....
All four of these movies were directed by Martin Scorsese
And all four have certain sounds and types of music that are used in them...
These movies use a blend of classical music and classic rock
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones is featured in 3 of the 4 movies
All use silence as a way to symbolize death (and there's lots of deaths in
The Departed
Fast paced irish based music is used in multiple movies (
Gangs of New York, The Departed
Period appropriate music is used as all four movies are set in four different times (1890's, 1960's, 2000's, 1950's)

What is DiCaprio's Best Film?
It's not

Django Unchained
But Why?
While some movies may be better in the sense of story and overall content,
Django Unchained
uses more literary devices more than any other DiCaprio film
Quentin Tarantino set his movie during the Civil War and the movie is set throughout the entire U.S. The setting itself is massive and shows different types of terrain and how the characters interact with the settings.
The settings truly bring out what type of people the characters are. Some, such as Django, live in the wide open. This shows how truly tough and rugged he is. Calvin Candie lives in a giant mansion, showing that he is a coward.
Being that this movie revolves around slavery, there are many different dialects...
These dialects were included to show social status, education, race, ect.
Example of dialect use:
Calvin Candie, the wealthy plantation owner, talks very proper (maybe a bit too proper at times) as to where many of the slaves he owns can barely speak one word properly. This shows the stark contrast between the two social classes and education.
Quieten Tarantino, in my mind, writes the greatest screenplays.

He is so intuitive and clever; more than other director, and that's what makes him great
It seems as though there are so many movies where we know absolutely nothing about the characters other than a few background details.
In movies such as
The Departed, Inception
, and
, DiCaprio's character seems almost stranger. We know a few bits and pieces and information but overall ,we don't fully know the character's story.
Django Unchained
, we might know Calvin Candie a little more than we should, but that makes this character better than any other.
Dr. King Schulz, played by the incredible Christoph Walz, is by far the nicest and most sincere character in the entire movie, but even he is somewhat of a villain. For he is a bounty hunter that kills people to make a living
By including an Anti-Hero, which is not included in any of DiCaprio's other films, it makes this movie more unpredictable and deadly than other other DiCaprio film.

It adds a sense of confusion that can't be matched
Django Unchained
, there is a very obvious protagonist in Django himself. He is very pure and the audience wants noting but for him to succeed in him finding his wife, He is a slave who has lived a terrible life and we feel sympathy for him; you want nothing but Django's victory.
This is different than other DiCaprio films because in other movies of his, the protagonists have flaws....
The Great Gatsby
, Jay Gatsby is a selfish and greedy man
Catch Me If You Can
, Frank Abagnale Jr. is a con man that swindles millions of dollars out of banks
Revolutionary Road
, DiCaprio plays an emotionality unstable man that abuses his wife at points in the movie
Django Unchained
is different than any other DiCaprio film, which makes it the best. And what makes it different is the fact that for the first time in his career, DiCaprio plays the antagonist as opposed to the protagonist.
He has always been known to play the good guy that either saves the day or gets the girl, but this time he plays a ruthless bad guy and does it remarkably; making this movie stand out from every other film of his.
Mise-En-Scene Analysis
The dominant in the scene is Jay Gatsby. He is wearing a brightly colored suit and is surrounded by darkness. He is also highlighted by a shaft of light, making him even brighter.
Lighting Key
- The lighting key is combination of two different types; High Contrast Lighting and Low Key Lighting. The shot possesses the harsh shaft of lights of a high contrast lighting key and the diffused shadows of a low key lighting.
- This shot can be classified as a medium shot because we only see Gatsby's knees and above.
This shit can be classified as an eye level shot for we are looking Gatsby right in the eyes. We aren't above him or below him, we are even with him.
Color Values-
The scene itself is very dark. The background is dark but Gatsby and the surrounding flowers are very vibrant. As is the pink cake in the background and the pastries in the foreground. The two types of colors (bright and dark) contrast each other and symbolize the idea that Gatsby has bought "color" into the once dark scene.
Lens/ Filter/ Stock-
This was shot with a wide angle lens because we can clearly see the different layers of depth, ranging from Gatsby to the window in the very back of the scene. The stock is slow stock due to the fact that everything had to be illuminated and looks very polished.
Subsidiary Contrasts
- While Gatsby is the dominant, the next object that our eye goes to is the pink cake in the background. While it isn't very significant in size, it is right behind the dominant and the next brightly colored object in the scene, making it automatically noticeable. And though it is the back, it is still in focus.
- This scene is about as dense as they come for it has multiple layers. Though the main focus is put on Gatsby and the flowers, there are eye catching objects throughout the entire scene; all of them are different distances from the camera.
The composition in this shot is horizontal composition because the objects and character is arranged in a way that suggest tranquility and peacefulness. There is no indication of power; everything is equal.

This shot can be considered an open shot because the scene itself isn't contained within the perimeter of the shot; it spills out of the frame. The flowers lead us out of the scene and Jay Gatsby is looking at something that we cannot see, proving that this shot is an open shot.

- When it comes to framing, the shot could be either tight or loose. In this case the scene is loose because Gatsby has a lot of room to move around. There is an open background and if he wanted to get up and move around, he could. There is also a lot of space in between him and the perimeter of the scene.

- This scene, in terms of depth, is very deep. It starts out with the pastries in the very front. Then it proceeds to Gatsby and the flowers, then to the table with the cake, and finally the windows. It's a very rare type of depth though because all of the components of the scene are equally in focus.

Character Placement-
Gatsby is right in the

middle of the frame so we are not dealing with power or vulnerability, but significance. By Gatsby being right in the middle of the frame, we are shown that he is the main attraction and we should only focus on him.
Staging Positions
- Gatsby is looking right at us and his entire face and body is showing. This shows that he is very vulnerable for he is exposed and he has absolutely nothing to hide. And this is a rarity in this movie because the Gatsby is known for being reclusive. But in this particular scene, we see Gatsby in his entirety.
Character Proxemics-
We could consider this to be at a personal distance for Jay Gatsby is at a conversation distance. He is not too close or not too far, he is just about right. We could sit down and talk to him at a reasonable distance without feeling uncomfortable or too far away.
Revolutionary Road
Final Analysis

Leonardo DiCaprio has changed over the years, not just physically, but he has expanded his horizons and went from up and coming actor to the premiere leading man in Hollywood.
He first came into the spotlight playing a very complex character in
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
. From there,
Romeo + Juliet
was released; then,
was released, launching him into megastar status.
For a period in time, DiCaprio was looked at as nothing but a sex symbol.
Catch Me If You Can
showed off his acting abilities, as did
Gangs of New York
. But it wasn't until
The Aviator
premiered that he was considered a serious, complex, and compelling actor. With his next few movies, the sex factor vanished.
Then, in 2006, DiCaprio tackled a very complex role by playing Billy Costigan in
The Departed
. And from there, he has always done very complex and serious movies such as Inception and Revolutionary Road, rarely does he step out of his serious roles. But on occasion he does (
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby
DiCaprio is a once in a generation actor. He plays every character incredibly well and takes on personas that are almost unimaginable. He has not been typecast into any sort of role but as the years go on, he seems to expand his role types. He keeps us on the edge of our seats and there will always be just one Leonardo DiCaprio.
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