Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TOEFL Essay - Movies show us how people live in other countries

Q. Films tell us a lot about the country where they are made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies?

Films indeed relay interesting quirks and global issues confronting filming locations. I have learned about customs and significant actors and objects that nominally appear by carefully scrutinizing certain moments in film.

Directors will place significance in front of us for our attention. We're sold with the entire significance. First among these objects are actors. In movies, actors often rest surrounded by products. They blend in among so much product. We notice which actor is popular where and which objects contain regional significance in films that show other nations to us. For example, in filming Chocolat, Mr. Depp evinces a firm desire to eat chocolate eternally with Juliette Binoche, a sweet woman. Perhaps this is because chocolate is an important byproduct of worldly economies that we see chocolate play roles in more local pictures of man and woman together, vying for a legitimate relationship. Nevertheless, who wouldn't want to stoke their sweet teeth with handmade chocolates next to a woman in an anonymous French township? In this way, viewers learn that to French citizens, women, self-produced chocolate and drape shirts are significant. Clearly, Johnny Depp's popularity we cannot question.

We also learn about other countries based on what the camera sees we see. What directors leave out are usually not going to advance the plot much. What the director chooses to include suggests audiences in the national arena will find these objects full of meaning. Directors frame scenes for viewers to thank the director repeatedly. To gain sympathy, the same object must come between directors and audiences. We say this exists because a director has illustrated it. In Italian movies, suits and bicycles are significant so the director includes these.

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