What/who/how is being represented?Cousin Avi- a smug character who is represents most of the power because hes the first character we get shown his name.Sol- is the rich yet careless man because he throws a stack of money away as if hes got more money than sense.Mickey- Mickey represents violence as he goes to bite someone and back hand themFranky Four Fingers- shoes a man who loves a gamble. He bets away his riches with a hand of cards. He lives life on the basis of luck.Turkish-has an element of power as he shouts at G.G when punching the bagGorgeous George- he is the muscle behind Turkish as he takes order from himTommy- shows a more weaker character as he gets knocked over by a punch through a bag from G.GBullet tooth Tony- the high end gansta. Wearing a suit and putting someone is a car boot really juxtaposes themselves.Boris The Blade‘- pulls out hard gunnery. Shows he isn’t physically strong yet he has the best gadgets out them allDoug The Head - the old man who looks more like the has-been. Looks like a wheeler dealer… anything to get some moneyBrick Top Polford- the old man who would rather do his own dirty work. Smashing some ones teeth in shows that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty
How is the representation made to seem true, commonsense or natural?• Using Roland Barthes theory within the clip Snatch, the connotations of significant props are.. The diamond symbolises power, wealth and significance. The gambling of cards shown with Franky Four Fingers shows the connotations of it being dirty money. The money they all deal with is money they got by doing unlawful things, or collected their riches in an unpraisworthy way.• The denotations of the features within this clip are the hammer represents the violence within the film, gun shows death and shootings and finally the money shows the wealth.• Looking at where the scene is set you see that the violence, gangs and money is more natural that anything else. The environment the characters are in shows that it’s a mans world and violence is part of day to day life.
Is Dyer or Baudrillard’s theory more appropriate in relation to the opening? Justify, using detailed examples.Dyer and Baudrillard Examples within clip• Dyer’s theory does agree with the • Dyers theory is shown as characters within snap. The idea there are no women within that the masculine stereotype has been a way of life so that men the opening of snatch and should handle the money and be the men are al handling the the breadwinner. money.• Although these stereotypes used • Baudrillard theory is shown to exist Baudrillard’s theory as 7 out of 11 characters all explains he stereotype is dated and there is a sense of was shown with money or hyperrealism. Not every male riches and not 7 out of 11 handles all the money and deals men will have that much with gun crime on a daily basis. money
What is foregrounded and what isbackgrounded? Are there any notable absences?• In the foreground you see violence and destruction through fighting and the gambling.• The background, which is representation that has been pushed backwards in order for the main representations to be more noticeable. However, the representations of the men dressing up as Jewish people, showing prejudice. The different ethnicity’s of people shows diversities of cultures, within you have ethnicity cultures but also social diversities, for examples the travelers within the clips.
Whose representation is it? Whose interests does it reflect? How do you know?The charactersbeing represented The representationare stereotypical make the charactersmasculine look negative as thecharacters. For foregroundexample, Gorgeous representations showGeorge is a typical violence and hurt. Representationman when lookingat the culturalcontext. The clip does represent the interests of the characters, which they all have the same interest... money
How do people make sense of the representation? According to what codes? (Consider Barthes concept of myth – make reference).• People make sense of the clip due to Barthes idea of Enigma. This is the questions we ask when watching the opening. For example, asking why they all have nicknames, is this because they don’t want people to know the real them, for make lawful reasons. People also make sense the representations because of Barthes idea of culture. We understand why the men are all violent because where they live they have to be violent as its a violent culture they live in.
Apply the theory of semiotics to the sequence: i.e. what are the signs and their associated meanings? And what has the audience learnt about the overall direction of the film’s representation?• Semiotics= the caravan in the clip would indicate that the men never stay in one place for a long periods of time.Vinny clutching the gold could symbolise the greed of all the men for money and wealth.The safe would symbolise the secrecy and that the men are not trust worthy or reliable. The safe shows privacy and lack of openness.Overall, the audience understands that from the music it could be a mocking film about a serious subject, the guns and hammers show that these men live in a really rough area and the people they live with would be willing to kill for money. But the mixture of music, the big name actors and the funny nicknames would indicate that the men take it on the chin and don’t take serious things to serious. Its a hard film with very violent films yet the directors has made the film to be light and easy to watch.
What way do you believe you have ‘received’ the meaning of the film: through preferred, negotiated or oppositional reading? (Hall’s theory) Explain in detail, using supporting textual reference.Preferred reading- the viewer does so thecharacters how the director wants them to Negotiated reading- relatingsee them at first as we instantly believe its back to gender, as that thea mans film with violent. producer encodes theHowever, depending on gender, I believe characters representations in athat the men would enjoy watching this certain way, however, thefilm and wouldn’t mind watching it and see viewer will decode it andthe characters as a mans man. Where as interpret the representationswomen may not enjoy watching it and differently.don’t see the stereotype like that anymore. Oppositional reading- the idea that the director wants the viewer to look at it a certain way however, the viewer will interpret the representations all differently. In Snatch the viewer could see real destruction, and the downfall in sociality where as, the director could see it as a light hearted masculine film.