Essay on Strictly Ballroom Belonging
616 WordsJan 28th, 20113 Pages
Belonging or not belonging is the feeling of being included or excluded by a certain group, person, place or community. This is conveyed very well in the film “strictly ballroom” produced by Baz Luhrmen and the picture book “The Sneetches” by Dr suess. In stictly ballroom, this concept is primarily conveyed by Scott Hastings struggle with the dance community to find where he truly belongs. In 'The Sneetches is refers to the group belonging of the two seperate types of sneetches and their journey to belong as a community and individually.
In “Strictly Ballroom” the beginning scenes of the film Baz established the conventional, elegant atmosphere of the ballroom dancing world. Using a combination of techniques such as graceful music, the…show more content…
To find a true sense of belonging within a set world, one must have the courage to stay true to themselves. The protagonists in this film Scott and Fran gradually challenge and redefine the order of this community. Scott “the up and coming star” of the ballroom world becomes frustrated with only dancing the old traditional steps and wants permission to introduce his own kind of steps.
In the illustrated story 'The Sneetches' illustrated and written by Dr. Suess he demonstrates individuals within a group desperately seeking approval of another group they are made to believe are more elite.
Not belonging may not be a permanent state. Doug, Scott's father is portrayed as a very quiet charter who rarely speaks. He is often seen in the dance studio improvising his movements, which is similar to what Scott did earlier on in the film. However he is often captured through a high angle shot and very limited lighting making it appear as though the audience is secretly overlooking his dancing which no one is meant to see. This image suggests that he too wants to express his passion through dance, but he can only do it in the dark alone as if he is too afraid of confronting those who oppose it. The darkness around Doug lets him express himself as an individual and shed his previous conformed life. This is clearly conveying the main idea, that it is very important to belong but only if an individual can first belong to
"Strictly Ballroom" Directed By Baz Luhrman
Strictly ballroom directed by Baz Luhrman depicts a microcosm of society through the use of image. The responder plays witness to the superficial world that we live in, the power hungry characters that inhabit this world and the few individuals who dare to be different and carpe diem. All of which portray an image of key aspects that can be seen throughout society. Similarly, these ideas are also satirized through the use of image in the music video stupid girl directed by Todd Holland and a deeper realization of the impact image has on society can be gathered from deconstruction of the oil painting of Mohammad Ali obtained from google images by LeRoy Neiman.
We are given insight to the struggle for individuality in the micro society depicted by Luhrman through the use of visual imagery and camera techniques. The key scene that depicts individuality is when Scott first takes the plunge and decides to dance his own steps in the beginning of the film. This scene is given depth by the slow motion movements which can be used to emphasize or dramatize the scene. The close up of Scott accentuates his content. Similarly, stupid girl promotes individuality by satirizing superficiality. "Im so glad that Ill never fit in, that will never be me". Holland uses a low angle shot to empower pink and accentuate her individuality. This satirist styled approach allows us to understand the significance of being an individual through the aid of camera techniques. Neimans depiction of Ali similarly portrays Alis' individuality. Ali is known for his unique personality and tactics which is depicted in this image. His character stands out and is dominant in the picture suggesting his separation from "the norm". The brightness of his character, juxtaposed to the blurred background highlights that individuality is an admirable trait. This helps shape the responders understanding of how image can influence our role in society through its emphasis on individuality.
Luhrman also satirizes power in strictly ballroom. This is evident in the final scene where Barry tries to overpower Scott and Fran and stop them dancing. Scott and Fran continue to dance their own steps and Barry's whole world goes tumbling down metaphorically and physically. The scene is given depth by using a high angle shot suggesting that Barry has lost his power. The colour red in his face signifies his miss intentions. This idea is given more depth in the final scene of stupid girl. There is a standoff for power between good and evil with the red devil signifying Barry and the white angel signifying Scott. Naturally, the power of good prevails over evil with the red devil...
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