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V for Vendetta

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Andrew Hristo

on 20 September 2011

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Transcript of V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta Persecution/Fear Propaganda Corruption Introduction This film discovers the use of propaganda as a device for manipulating the thoughts and beliefs of society; this allows the government to have better control over their people.
A good example of this propaganda is at the beginning of the film as the television shows Prothero, “the voice of London”, ranting and raving about the US, homosexuals, Muslims and godlessness.
The director uses a series of montage shots showing the propaganda playing on many TVs throughout the UK. It is being played whilst Evey and V are both getting dressed in their individual houses.
The montage of camera shots give the audience the impression that this propaganda is constant and illustrates that it is ongoing, taking place in the background of people’s lives.
The film discovers the idea of corruption which is used to show the dark side of the totalitarian government.
In the beginning of the film we see an example of this corruption when a lone woman accidentally misses the curfew and is attacked by secret police. From the start we symbolise the government as being corrupt and V as being incorrupt. Another example of corruption in the film is when the corrupt bishop pulls out a gun from his bible when V enters.
The director uses symbolism to portray the idea of corruption. For example, the gun in the bible is a symbol used in the film.
The use of symbolism helps the audience to view the Norsfire government as being corrupt.
Persecution and fear is explored during the film showing the impacts these have on society. The government use fear and persecution to their advantage against society which is evident in the film.
An example of this is when Gordon, the TV host, makes a joke about Sutler during a show and is later persecuted as a result.
The director uses a range of film techniques including lighting and various camera shots to communicate the theme of persecution and fear to the audience.
The use of dark lighting creates a sense of fear as Gordon is taken away. High angle shots of Gordon after he has been hit across the head give the audience the idea that he is weak and helpless, whilst low angle shots of Creedy give the impression that he is in power. When Evey is hiding under the bed a point of view shot shows the effect that this fear has on society.
Terrorism/
Anarchy Anarchy and the effect of terrorism on the government are heavily explored throughout V for Vendetta. It is used to illustrate how much power one can have in a revolution.
An example of this theme in the film is the video of V speaking to London which is broadcasted on the emergency channel causing it to be showed throughout the whole UK. This event happens after V’s original attack on the parliament building.
The director uses a variety of techniques such as monologues, lighting and close ups to communicate the theme of anarchy and terrorism. Monologues of V’s revolutionary speech show that he has control over the government and the people of London by using fear. Close ups of V and dark lighting are used to depict him as being powerful and intimidating.
These techniques are used to generate power, fear and mystery giving V an advantage to manipulate the government and the people of London.
The theme of power and fear is thoroughly explored in the film V for Vendetta to show its effect on a government and the people that it is controlling.
An example of this theme is when the four most powerful people in the UK are being spoken to in the conference room by Sutler.
The director uses a range of camera shots and angles to communicate this theme across to the audience. Low camera angles are used to illustrate the power of Sutler whilst long shots and high angles are used to show that he is in power of the four men making them look insignificant.
These film techniques have been used to show how governments use fear on society in order to maintain power. Power/Fear V for Vendetta is a thriller film based on a character known only by the name ‘V’ who uses tactics to fight against the totalitarian government. He rescues a girl at night after she is attacked by secret police and ends up having her as an ally. The main themes that are being communicated in the film are propaganda, corruption, terrorism/anarchy, power/fear, and persecution/fear. The director uses a range of film techniques in order to communicate these techniques effectively to the audience.
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