The review is a comparative essay discussing how various filmmakers approach the components of filmmaking to present the narrative. There are three sections in this paper, and the first section is an introduction. This part focuses on a short review of both movies; “The Rules of the Game,” 1940 and the “Girlhood” 2015. The second section contains the body paragraphs; here, the components of film making in both movies are compared. And the last part is the conclusion; this summarizes the whole paper and provides future projections.
“The rules of the game” is a 1940 French comedy-drama directed by Jean Renoir. In the comedy, Renoir portrayed a fatalist mood to explain this comedy-drama. The movie depicts the French upper class before world war II, showing their moral callousness before the eve of the awaiting destruction. On the other hand, “Girlhood” is a 2015 French drama directed by Celine Sciamma. The film addresses the lives of a girl who lived in a rough neighborhood outside Paris. The movie also discusses and challenges of class, gender and race conceptions in the society. Although the two films are French dramas discussing the issue of class in the nation, there is a significant variance between them. The filmmakers in the two movies approached the elements of films making differently.
How the filmmakers approach the elements of filmmaking to tell a narrative in “The rules of the game,” 1940 and the “Girlhood” 2015
Film structure; the concurrent nature of changing relationships in the “The rules of the game” and the vocalization that is so much spread out between different characters makes the film structure to be fluid; there are no clear-cut boundaries. However, this move can be divided into five parts. The hero arrives (21 minutes), The Chateau at La Coliniere (23 minutes), The Hunt (12 minutes), Human Prey at the Chateau (28 minutes) and The Unraveling (23 minutes). On the other hand, the “Girlhood” 2015 structure is subdivided into four parts. These are the steps taken to achieve freedom; they include; Marieme, at every phase on her journey towards freedom, cuts another tie to her past, with determination and defiance her only bulwarks against highly circumscribed Parisian prospects.
Cinematography; in “The Rules of the Game,” the cinematography is extraordinary, there are more substantial actions taking place in the depth. Cinematically, the issues in the movie have subtle shades than many of the films we see. On the other side, in “Girlhood” 2015, seemed too pretty for a hard to swallow plot of “Girlhood.” However, as the plot continues, the cinematography can balance between grainy violence and gorgeous scenery.
Design; in the “Girlhood” 2015, the narrative lies a lot on the costume. The designer tried out identities with different costumes, just like a superhero journey. The designer recognized the power of the costumes. On the other hand, in “The rules of the game, the design used was a brilliant ideology although it leaves me cold. Few identities were tried in this movie.
Editing; in the “Girlhood” 2015, the editor did some fabulous work, it was edited in a way that an individual cannot be able to notice the cuts. On the other hand, the editors in “The Rules of the Game,” tried in editing, although, there are few cuts noticed (Renoir, 1940).
Acting; in both films, the acting was good because they mix both drama and comedy in service of the director satirical story. Both films are powerfully acted and smartly scripted; they offer a fresh perspective on familiar topics.
Sounds; in “Girlhood” 2015, scenes work superbly in its contemporary fusion and separation of sound and image. There is also a poor use of off-screen sounds throughout the film. In “The Rules of the Game,” the sound was not so clear, and the other problem is the difference in motion pictures and sound recording where it mainly takes separate paths.
Genre; in both movies, the genre is French dramas discussing the issue of class in society. The two films mix both drama and comedy in service of the director satirical story.
Visual effects; in the “Girlhood” 2015, the visual effects, meaning costumes and decisions are effective. There are no obvious tricks, but the film is injected instead with dramatic heft and humanistic depth (Sciamma, 2015). “The Rules of the Game,” film seems to be without a very distinct visual style beyond its overall professionalism. Although Renoir had achieved a masterful job of subtextual, visual strategy and meaningful compositions a few years earlier in his powerful grand illusion, there is no visible confidence evident here.
There are differences that have observed how the filmmakers approach the elements of film making in both movies. Some of the differences observed are editing and sounds. In the “Girlhood” 2015, the editor did some fabulous work; it was edited in a way that an individual cannot be able to notice the cuts. On the other hand, in “The Rules of the Game,” a few cuts are noticed. There were however some similarities; the acting in both films was good because they mix both drama and comedy in service of the director satirical story. As time changes, the filmmakers become more innovative on how they approach the elements of film making. We, therefore, expect the filmmakers to be more creative in the future.
Renoir, J. (1940). The Rules of the Game [Film]. Hollywood: Nouvelle Édition Française.
Sciamma, C. (2015). Girlhood [Film]. Hollywood: Arte France Cinéma Canal.