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The Truman Show Essay

5641 words - 23 pages

'The Truman Show' is the story of a baby who is bought by a television
company at birth. He becomes the star of the television programme, but
he has no idea that his life is being filmed. All the people in his
life, such as his wife, best friend, and colleagues are actors. There
are no set scripts. There are three different worlds shown in the
film: Truman's world, the producer's world, and the real world when we
see the viewers watching the programme in the homes.

The film starts when Truman is twenty-nine. We see him begin to become
suspicious, by odd occurrences, such as a light falling from the sky,
the way his friends and family advertise things, and people that
accidentally get on the show and tell him things.

Truman has always wanted to travel, but obviously he can't because the
set of 'The Truman Show' is only one town. He saw his father 'die'
whilst they were sailing together, and the fictional director of 'The
Truman Show' did this so Truman would be thalassophobic, and wouldn't
want to travel that way. Eventually he wants to get out of the town
because of all these suspicions, and he gets delayed for ages trying
to go by car. He plucks up the courage to go by boat and after sailing
for a while he hits a backdrop with clouds painted on it. Christof's
voice is heard and he speaks to Truman, though he can't be seen. He
tries to persuade Truman to stay in the world he created for him, and
tells him that he is the star of a television show. Truman finds a
door, and after some conversing with Christof, he leaves.

The director's intentions
-------------------------

Peter Weir was the director of the film, 'The Truman Show'. I think
that he was trying to show several things in this film. One of them is
our modern tendency to voyeurism through television. With the
introduction to 'reality TV' programmes such as Big Brother and
Survivor, The Truman show gives us an idea of how these programmes can
maybe affect people as they did Truman. Also, Peter Weir might have
been showing us how far television companies will go in the
not-so-distant future to increase audience share. It shows how
important making money is in the modern world in the way that a
person's life is being exploited all for a television programme to be
successful. Subtly, I think that he was showing us how people nowadays
are controlled by the Government and in different institutions without
really realising it, as Truman didn't realise how much his life was
controlled.

The invasion of privacy could also be something Peter Weir tried to
show us. There are so many CCTV cameras everywhere nowadays, it's
almost as if we can't do much without being caught on camera. We don't
really notice or think about it though, except if we were planning a
bank robbery, so it is almost as we don't realise they're...

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