Victoria Kataev

  • As I watched the film “The Innocents” I noticed the very simple color scheme (despite the fact that the movie was in black and white). From the very beginning of the movie, when Miss. Giddens walks into the house […]

    • You’re certainly right that Clayton has got a really symbolic color scheme going in The Innocents. The white roses (symbolizing an innocent asexual love) are all over the place, and one of them features in the double dissolve at 27.59 that I pointed out during boot camp. (The double dissolve operates as though to tap you on the shoulder and say “this is a symbol: think about it”.) Given the meaning of white roses, we are jarred by the big sloppy kiss on the mouth that Miles gives Miss. Giddens, and her hypothesis (which isn’t spelled out in the novella) that Quint and Miss Jessel can only unite physically through the children whom they are haunting and whom they control. Oh, and there’s another white rose: the uncle is wearing one on his buttonhole.
      There is also a black color scheme: Miss Jessel wears black, and when Miss Giddens arrives in the school room, she too is wearing black. I think–I’d have to go back and check–that Miss Giddens is wearing black in the final scene, as though she is anticipating mourning….

  • I wrote about the same thing! Daisy is the talk of the town and it is very clear why she would be. Daisy’s true character was brought to life in this film, much more than in the novel. There is only so much a novel could do when portraying a character. What I found interesting is how Daisy, her mother, and her little brother resembled each other…[Read more]

  • Misleading, flirtatious, tease, and jealous are some of the words that I found to describe Daisy Miller.

    As I watched Daisy Miller, I couldn’t help but notice Daisy’s personality. From the moment she spoke her […]

  • Tonia, that is something I took notice of as well. As I have seen many movies throughout the years I could almost guarantee that within a two hour time frame of a movie, that at least one outfit would be worn again by the main character. Emma consistently wore different dresses throughout the film putting not only emphasis on her “good fortune”…[Read more]

  • There were two things that stood out to me in this movie. The irony in which the movie ended and began and the sporadic narration that occurred.

    The movie began with a circulating earth on the screen, which led […]

    • Yes, Emma is the only Austen novel whose heroine is not a Cinderella but rather a woman with a large fortune backing her up. By the end her pride seems to be entirely broken–the sequence from 93.14 to 104.09 shows Emma mortifying her pride to try to apologize to Miss Bates, worrying about whether Mr Knightley will marry Harriet, and so on. (The novel is a bit more ambiguous about the extent to which Emma’s overdeveloped need for agency has been tamed.)

      The way the film handles the FID of the book is interesting: Emma speaks in V.O. as though writing a diary, but she also spills her guts to Anna Weston, saying things that are purely internal in the novel. In addition, as you note, there is an external narrator who is most prominent at the beginning and the end of the film. The V.O. is one of the things I like least about this version of Emma, although there are other people who find it totally charming.