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What production techniques in the film "A Beautiful Mind" communicate the themes of...

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wordgirl77 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM via web

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What production techniques in the film "A Beautiful Mind" communicate the themes of individuality/love?

I'm writing an essay on the film "A Beautiful Mind" and the question I have to answer is - Analyse how production techniques were used to communicate an important theme in a visual text you studied.  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM (Answer #1)

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In my mind, I would pay attention to some of the cinematography offered in the film.  The opening scene where Nash is at the luncheon and holds the glass in different positions and at different angles to create different results of refraction from the sun might be one instance where the filming technique helps to bring out the idea of individuality.  Nash is an individual through such a photographic technique because he sees things that are not there.  In a world where individuals are driven by what is there, Nash is animated by what could be there and what might exist.  It is through this scene that we begin to understand his individuality.  I thought that the scene where he and Alicia are staring at the stars and through this begin to grasp the infinite nature of both their love and the universe is another production technique that helps to bring out the subjective and the objective experience.  In this scene, the photography of the immensity of the night sky helps to bring to light that their love is as expansive and helps to bring their love as a natural consequence of the world in which they live.

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