The Truman Show Critical Response - Essay - Guide - Bullet Boints

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  • 1. How does “The Truman Show” blur the edges between fact and fiction?Introduction“The Truman Show” (dir. Peter Weir, 1998); starring Jim CarreyGist: a “documentary” (“mockumentary”?) about a reality TV showCharts the entire life of the protagonistSuggests reality while being entirely fakeUse of “commentators”- Who are these commentators? (studio)- What do they say/ comment on?- How are they presented? (camera angles/ mise en scene)- Who are the second set of commentators?- How is a cross-section of society shown?- How are they presented? (camera angles/ mise en scene)Use of product placement- What is product placement?- Why is this used in the “TV show”?- How is this integrated into the show?- How are they presented? (camera shot)Use of unusual camera angles- Why does the film use these camera angles?- What effect do they have in terms of presenting the “TV show”?- What effect do they have in terms of presenting Truman’s life in the “show”?- Explain the use of one of these camera angles.Use of “hyper-real” setting- Describe Seahaven- In which ways is it a realistic setting?Think of things it includes that are common or everydayThink of the people in the town- In which ways is it not realistic?Is it a contemporary setting?How clean is the town?How are the colours presented?What bad news happens in the town?Conclusion- What aspects of the film seem most “real”- What effects do they have on the viewer?- Which aspects of the film seem less “real”- Do you think the film was effective in making you think about the difference betweenthe real and the unreal?