Analysis Of A Scene In The Moulin Rouge

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Cinematography is the art or technique of motion-picture photography. The Moulin Rouge is a visually striking film, which incorporates brilliant elements of cinematography. One scene in particular that captures the brilliance of the cinematographer is the scene within which the “Unconscious Argentinean” takes it upon himself to explain the situation with an incredible, tango, adaptation of The Police’s song “Roxanne.” The lighting and other elements of this are gorgeous, as they eloquently convey the dark emotions of the situation: “Jealousy, anger, betrayal.” The different elements of cinematography, specifically, color, lighting, and the use of camera angles, bring to life the emotions, and bigger than life feel to the scene.
The use of different colors in this scene enhance, if not create the mood and tone of the scene. Unambiguously, the use of the two colors, red and blue are used to represent different symbolic meanings, such as the stereotypical “Good and evil” or warmth and cold. As the scene begins, however, the color red is used to represent a sort of heated, lewd, lustful atmosphere that is running juxtaposed with anger and tension felt by both the main character Christian and the viewer, who is made to feel very aggravated at the fact that Saline is forced to finally “dine” with the Duke. Not only is the lighting and set done in tinges of red, but even the costume of the Argentinean consists of a red satin suit vest. As the scene progresses, and the tango begins, the female role of the dance is introduced under a blue tinted lighting insinuating a cold, bitter, indifference that seems almost sickening. Since the female role of the tango is meant to be a very symbolic role in itself, it is only appropriate that this motif of blue lighting is carried over to the metaphorically symbolized characters, and actions portrayed in the tango. The scenes incorporated into this selection, of the Duke and Saline in the Gothic Tower, are all shot under an intense blue filter. This same blue coloring portrays to the viewer a very immoral sense of things between the Duke and Saline. On an opposing note, the color red seems to be consistently present within the scenes, whether it is the deep red color of Saline’s lipstick, or the mahogany coloring of the table. These hints of colors from the red inside the Moulin Rouge being also present inside the tower, to the blue in the Gothic Tower also being present in the Moulin Rouge connects the two places with a common motif of color.
Another element of cinematography that helps create this visually striking scene selection is the intricate use of lighting. The...

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