Bable film

Bable film
Paper instructions:

The four distinct locations and stories in Babel needed to be unified visually to avoid the feeling of four separate stories and to establish the global interconnectedness that is a central theme of the film. The director, González Iñárritu, and the cinematographer, Rodrigo Prieto, decided to use the color red as a unifying visual element. Discuss the use of red in the various sequences. What is actually colored red in each story? How is the tone and shade of red different in each? How does the color red help link each story?

The sequence in Morocco is filmed in 16 mm while the others are filmed in 35 mm. The director and cinematographer were aiming for a grainier feel in the Morocco chapter. Have they been successful? Is there a noticeable difference between that sequence and the others? Why should the Moroccan sequence appear grainy?

In contrast, what does that mean for the other sequences’ use of 35mm? How are they different from the Moroccan portions of the film?

The filmmakers took great pains with the types of film and processing used but insist that they want that work to be invisible. Can the viewer see the difference in film stocks?

The lighting was painstakingly rendered to create the most natural effects possible. Cite some specific scenes and indicate the type of lighting used. Does the effect come across as natural lighting?

Write in complete sentences. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc., all count. Italicize film titles. Organize your thoughts around a clear thesis statement. This is a formal, academic discussion so write accordingly: Avoid informal language, contractions and the use of personal pronouns (I, you, we). Do NOT say, “I think….” Cite specific elements of particular scenes (such as the use of color, lighting, props, costumes, etc.) to support your ideas.


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