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Film Analysis - I coulda been a contender

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Ariel Brogno

on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of Film Analysis - I coulda been a contender

MAKE UP & COSTUMES THE ACTORS IN THIS SCENE DO NOT WEAR EXTENSIVE MAKE UP OR COSTUMES.
TERRY WEARS A SIMPLE LUMBERJACK'S COAT WITH HOLES IN THE ELBOWS. HIS COSTUME DEFINITELY SETS HIM APART FROM CHARLEY.
CHARLEY IS IN A PEACOAT WITH A SCARF AND LEATHER GLOVES. THIS, COMPARED TO HIS BROTHER, MAKES HIM SEEM MORE WELL-OFF THAN TERRY. LIGHTING SHOT IN BLACK & WHITE, THIS SCENE IS ESPECIALLY DARK. THERE ARE SHADOWS OF PASSING OBJECTS AND EVERYTHING LOOKS VERY SNEAKY.
THE CAB ITSELF IS CLOSED OFF ON THE INSIDE, AND THE SHADES IN THE BACK GIVE A FEELING OF SOMEONE TRYING TO HIDE. ACTING TERRY: TERRY'S ACTING IN THE TAXI CAB SCENE SHOWS THAT HE IS NERVOUS, BY HOW HE SHRUGS BACK AND SLOUCHES DOWN. HE ALSO IS A CHARACTER THAT HAS HIGH PRINCIPLES AS AN INDIVIDUAL, BUT IS TRYING TO FIND HIS IDENTITY.
CHARLEY: THE SCENE BETWEEN CHARLEY AND TERRY IN THE TAXI WAS VERY EMOTIONAL, ESPECIALLY TO CHARLEY, THE ACTOR BROUGHT SADNESS TO THE SCENE THROUGH HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND ACTING. SETTING, SETS, & PROPS Ironically, the profoundly intimate taxicab scene is the one major scene that was not shot on location. It was shot in half a taxi’s shell in a studio—proof that the actors skill can shine in settings both false and real.

The scene in the taxi was shot three times. when it came time for Steiger’s close-ups, the notoriously complex Brando had to leave for a psychotherapy appointment—so Steiger did all his close-ups with an extra on the set playing Terry Malloy off-screen. That the scene is such a success is a testament to the power of the acting. MUSIC THE MUSIC IN THIS SCENE PARALLELS EMOTIONS THAT THE CHARACTERS AND AUDIENCE ARE EXPERIENCING. THE MUSIC STARTS ONLY AFTER CHARLEY THREATENS HIS BROTHER TERRY AT GUNPOINT. THE MUSIC AT THIS PART IS VERY DRAMATIC, AND CONTINUES IN SHORT, LOUD BLASTS TO FILL IN SPACES WHERE THERE IS NO DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE MEN. AFTER THE CLIMAX OF THE SCENE, THE MUSIC TURNS SOMBER AND SAD, AS DOES CHARLEY'S AND TERRY'S MOODS. ON THE WATERFRONT I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER
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