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How Did The Composers Communicate Their Ideas On Changing Self In Film 'secrets And Lies' Directed By Mike Leigh, The Novel 'return Of The Jedi' By George Lucas

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Changing self is a part of the process of living. Everyone and everything is changing all the time. The world cannot progress without change. Changing self is constant and necessary, it is influenced on by other people and other things. When a change is required you will make a decision to change. Whether or not that decision is conscious, unconscious, willing, unwilling, well planned out or spontaneous, the individual will make a decision for themselves to change, which will always be for the better.A person who might or might not be aware of the need to change will nevertheless have to make a decision to change. Regardless of the fact of whether or not an individual actually feel like they require the change, change is inevitable. It is the nature of life.The same idea of change resonates in many texts including the film 'Secrets and Lies' directed by Mike Leigh, the novel 'Return of the Jedi' by George Lucas and the cartoon by Leunig (and someone else) in the prescribed stimulus booklet.We see how the contexts and techniques, which shape these texts, also shape the process of changing self and thus contribute to its infinite complexity. Indeed, in an attempt to engage with the process of change in time the texts cover a range of physical, psychological, cultural and aesthetic aspects.Composers have used many varying ideas and techniques to investigate, explore and illustrate concepts of changing self effectively.In the movie 'Secrets and Lies' directed by Mike Leigh and starring Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Timothy Spall this idea of changing self is explored. This idea is present in the events that happen to many of the characters within the film. It is also shown by many film techniques including, costume, lighting, camera work and the different camera angles.The use of costumes, make-up and lighting on Cynthia is very effective in highlighting her self-change. It describes her journey of change in self.After Cynthia has found the daughter she gave up for adoption, her costumes change from the frumpy, dumpy, old housewife clothing to the most stylish, fashionable clothing she wears towards the end of the film. Her costumes reflect the change in her character - from a bored past-middle-aged woman to someone who has realized new meaning in life. Cynthia forms a friendship with Hortense that gives Cynthia a new source of emotional strength. This is also reflected in Cynthia being more assertive towards her daughter. Cynthia is depicted a lot happier as a direct result of her changes. She has more self-esteem - as depicted in her confident behaviour in the last scenes of the film. Hortense is also shown as a lot happier at the end of the film. Her happy interactions with her half-sister and her biological mother are far removed from the slightly depressed and down person at the opening of the film. This is also confirming the concept of change that every individual will make a change for the better.Roxanne also changes for the...

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