The Power of Scenery

         Would a movie be interesting without the proper scenery? Of course there have been movies made that the scenery did not agree with. This probably occurred more back in the old days of film making. Imagine watching a movie and the storyline not complement the scenery; this could make for a long, boring moving. On the other hand, there are many movies that the scenery is perfect for; and the movie is off the charts.

         In the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams 1947 play, the scenery really adds to the film. Not only does the scenery add to the storyline of the film, but it also brings out the characters roles as well. The actor Marlon Brando's character, Stanley Kowalski, was really brought alive by the scenery that was portrayed. The setting was a famously tough city, New Orleans, and it made the movie very interesting. It was very obvious that the city setting helped Marlon Brando act out his role so realistically as a strong, aggressive man trying to survive in such a rough city. A good example of is that Marlon Brando was always yelling at people throughout the movie partly because the setting increased his angry aggressiveness towards everyone he came in contact with and he had to compete with the noise of the city itself. This made his yelling real interesting and acceptable.

         Does the scenery play a part in character development, adding reality to the story line, while enhancing the overall effect of a film? The answer is definitely yes. The scenery is definitely a main part of film making and should not be taken for granted.

Crystal Pittman

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