Media Control In "The Truman Show"

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The multi-award winning film ‘The Truman Show” which earned numerous nominations from the 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards and The Saturn Awards was a massive hit in 1998. The film was a huge success at the box office making an overall sum of over $200 million. The director of the film, Peter Weir was nominated for ‘Best Director” and the star of the film, Jim Carey won ‘Best actor in Drama’.
Critically I think that the film was a very clever and individual film. Having a whole other world created for one person and a one programme is a very exciting and thought-provoking concept for a film, which is why I think it was such a massive success. The film can be fairly confusing from the start but as you watch the it and realise what is going on, it starts to make you think and the can be quite emotional at times. As you watch Truman’s life and see what happens in it you get caught up in the film and you really want to know what happens to Truman at the end so the audience want to keep watching to see how Truman eventually gets out of Christof’s world.
The film is a ‘Fantasy Comedy Drama’ so you would expect the conventions of the film to include lots of scenes that wouldn’t happen in real life and be fictional as the film is a fantasy. The film is also a comedy-drama, which shows it should have equal amounts of humour and serious scenes in the film. The Truman Show is very different to other films as the main story is a reality T.V. show and other films are usually in the real world and have lots of action and special affects to make it look exciting and interesting. The Truman Show has a very clever story line to make the film interesting and exciting.
In the Truman Show ‘the real world’ is set out into many layers and mean different things. Our world is watching the film ‘The Truman Show’ and on the ‘Truman Show’ there is the ‘real world’ watching the reality T.V. show on television. The ‘media’ is a vast community with aspects of media everywhere all over the world. On the Truman show the media is mainly talking about ‘The Truman Show’ on the news and in the newspapers but in our world it talks about issues all over the world and is all around us. ‘Control’ is someone telling something or someone what to do and controlling his or her actions. On the Truman Show Christof is controlling his world and everything in it like the actors, the weather and Truman himself.

In Truman’s world the ‘media’ has a big impact on Truman throughout the film. At the start of the film, we see camera shots that are for our benefit watching the film and there are the cameras that are for the audience in the film which are hidden in various ways in the set. Throughout the film, both these camera shots are shown together and we forget they are different shots.
When Truman is just about to get into his car and object falls from the sky and smashes on the road. Truman goes over to the object and there is...

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