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Shot-by-Shot Analysis; Public Enemy

The scene I chose is from the film Public Enemy In the Gun Shop. The link can be found on youtube.

Shot 1:

Shot Description

Cinematography: LS. This shot is a long shot. The camera allows us to see everything in the background. The camera placement is straight on.  The lighting is kind of dark to begin with until Cagney walks in.

Sound: Character dialogue

Shot Analysis

Description of Dramatic Content: The lighting in this shot shows us the power Cagney has in this film. Little action is shown in this shot but Cagney shows us his interest in the pistols. Another thing i pointed out was the bars in the background which i look at it as a way of telling us something violent is going to happen. I made this assumption because these bars reminded me of a jail cell.

Shot 2:

Shot Description

Cinematography: CU this is a close-up shot. The camera is straight-on. We only see the guns behind the salesman and Cagney. The lighting is stays the same never changes through out the shot

Sound: Dialogue

Shot Analysis

Description of Dramatic Content: This shot shows the importance of the two characters at this time. The Camera angle tells viewers to focus on the actual conversation.A lot of rectangles are presented. For an example the tags are rectangular and the hinges on the right upper corner.

Shot 3:Same Shot

Shot Description

Cinematography: MS. This is a medium shot. We can see  some of the background which has a lot of guitars. The camera angle is straight on which focuses on Cagney the whole shot.

Sound: Character dialogue

Shot Analysis

Description of Dramatic Content: This shot focuses on Cagney. The focus on Cagney shows us that he is up to something. Cagney looks around as if he is up to something. As we see in this scene his eyes showed he had intentions on robbing the salesman. Cagney keeps a smooth composure that the salesman has no idea whats going on.

Shot4:Same Shot

Shot Description

Cinematography:MS. This is a medium shot. The salesman and Cagney is centered in the camera. The lighting and background is the same.

Sound: Character Dialogue

Shot Analysis

Description of Dramatic Content: The salesman is showing Cagney the pistol. In this shot I feel Cagney is showing his interest in the gun. In this shot Cagney pushes the gun down I was wondering why nothing could really happen knowing the gun is not loaded. Could it be because he feels danger is coming upon him.

Shot5

Shot Description

Cinematography:MS This is a middle shot. The camera raises as Cagney raises. The salesman back is still turned to the camera but the face of Cagney is still visible.

Sound: Character Dialogue

Shot Analysis

The reason the camera raises because Cagney raises off the counter. The reason Cagney face is visible through out this scene so we can read his facial expressions. Cagney plays a very unique part in this film he shows his calm composure but stil displays his power.

Shot6

Shot Description

Cinematography:CU. This is a close-up shot. We barely see the background. The salesman face is visual now and Cagney has his back to the viewers. The lighting appears to be  darker.

Sound:There is none

Shot Analysis

The lighting is dark to show a bad time in this scene. The camera switches on the salesman now so we can observe his facial expressions. Cagney facial expressions is rather irrelevant in the sense that his actions is speaking very loud and clear. The salesman face looked puzzled rather than scared. The elephants in the shelf puzzled me why are they placed there.

Analysis

Patterns that repeat in these shots are the guitars in the backgrounds and  the positioning of the characters. I honestly do not understand the reason of guitars in a gunshop. Was there a connection between music and guns or music and crime at the time. The positioning of the characters was rather interesting to me because it showed who was important in that certain shot,who the viewer should really be studying, and what is around that character at that time.

 

 

 


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