1991 Martin ScorseseStarring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte & Jessica LangeDirected by Martin ScorseseCAPE FEAR
Frame 1The sound offalling rain in The movie opensthe with a Universalbackground ident. However,adds to the the image isgloomy subverted andatmosphere of presented in athe initial shot gloomy blue colour.The image alsoappears as ifunderwater.This links to aprominentlocation in themovie
Frame 2Although this shot is taken from the title sequence it still helps to develop theatmosphere of dread in the opening sequence. The reflection of a shadowy andmenacing figure is presented atop a backdrop of calm, lightly rippling water. Thisjuxtaposition of the calm with the violent lies at the core of the movie. There is areflection of an eagle which is a bird of prey which could be a connotation of hunting.
Frame 3The cameraslowly zooms The girl isout, stopping dressed inat a mid-shot white carryingof a girl in her connotations oflate innocence andteens/early purity.twenties. The dialogueShe is the speaks of thearchetypal enjoyment the This scene createsvictim of the young girl has uncertainty in the viewergenre. experienced in a as its overwhelmingly positive tone is a marked “magical” place, contrast to what is to the inaptly come. named “Cape Fear”
Frame 4 The movie opens with an establishingCady’s wall shot showingis covered Cady’s prisonin pictures cell.of historicalfigures, martyrs andsuperheroes. Thechoice ofimagessuggests herespectsabsolute The camera The clip featurespower & gradually bombastic, gloomyaggression zooms out to orchestral Musicand feels reveal the creating a sense ofthat he has scope of his foreboding/been obsession. anticipation of badmistreated. things to come
Frame 5The fact he is ingood physical The tattoo showscondition that he feels heindicates the didn’t get eithermenacing figure the truth orand people justice so he mustshould be bring this equalityintimidated by upon himself.him.The mind of thischaracter is The audience could feelwarped by the safe, as the bars are in theidea of justice foreground which showsand law shown how he is separated fromby the you and his back is to thedecorations. camera and he has a concealed identity.
The prisoner officer calls his name so this shows he The idea that his body is covered in is well known and Frame 6 notorious and usually the other cell mates will jeer these tattoos makes him seem menacing and scary however the way he has them positioned and how they as they exit but for himHe is being are symmetrical on his body show they don’t which reallyreleased from they have a strict relevance in his life. makes you understandhis cell which how intimidating he is.is likereleasing avillain backinto thecommunityand removingthe protectionthe audiencehad.The books he leaves behind shows thathe had been engrossed in them so The facial expression he has on his facemuch that they no longer are makes him look very serious and that he hasRelevant which really comes across something to do immediately as he rushesthat he has studied them in depth. out of the cell and walks out without smiling and showing any emotion.
There is no sunshine only dark Frame 7 clouds and grey skies which indicate how times will be bad from now on and that a storm is brewing and itHe walks away at a swift pace showing determination will be striking soon.and how he is in a rush to get somewhere, when he isasked if anyone is picking him up he walks out alonereally indicating how he is on his own from everyoneelse.The giant thunder cloud over head As he is walking away from thereally makes the audience feel that prison it shows how he ishe (Cade) is like a bolt of lightening leaving one thing behind himwaiting to be struck. Building to begin a new stage of his life.tension until he is released.
There is half a side of darkness and half a side of light and inbetween is the head of the criminal which Frame 8 shows how one side is happy and this could indicate truth whilst the other is gloomy which could be aThe facial expression is serious not a connotation of danger or justice and inbetween isslight hint of emotion but you feel the Cade and how he is the cause of this danger and howtension of the moment. he will disrupt the good, happy times. The character is very close up to the He has walked and as he has been camera which tries to make you walking he has walked in one scared and intimidated by him and direction straight for the camera his figure, the way he looks into the which really indicates how he is camera really contacts the audience. walking toward the audience and is coming for you!
Frame 9 The cameras point of view is from theThe house is brightly lit by the bushes so it looks like someone isnatural source of the sun which watching the house from a distance.shows happiness upon this house.The shadows are casted around the The house looks very posh whichhouse and it looks like the darkness is indicates wealth in the household.approaching the house.