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The Last Metro: A Sequence Analysis, by Darrell Tuffs

3 Dec

The Last Metro was made in 1980 by the former French new wave director, François Truffaut; the film stars Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in its main roles as Marion Steiner and Barnard Granger. The film itself tells the story of a small theatre production group during the occupation of Paris in the Second World War. Marion takes control of the theatre after her Jewish husband Lucas Steiner is forced to hide from the Nazi’s in the building’s cellar. When Marion begins to formulate a new stage play, actor Barnard is cast in its leading role; this then leads to the creation of a passionate love triangle that sees Marion romantically torn between Barnard and her husband. The sequence shown takes place during the final few moments of the film, at which point, the Nazis have left Paris and the play has been a success. During the sequence, we see multiple plot points begin to close, but we also receive something of a resolution for the film’s central love triangle conflict.

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Rocco and His Brothers: A Sequence Analysis, by Darrell Tuffs

10 Dec

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The short sequence from the film discussed in this essay can be found online here.

The years between 1958-62 saw a huge shift in modern Italy’s economic and social structure. The country was expanding its industrial status and power at a rate previously unseen. Around this time, the country became less isolated from Europe, and more advanced as a technologically developed country. Before this, the country was still in vital stages of development, with agriculture being its largest sector of employment, particularly in the south. Italy’s north was gaining greatly from national and international industrial investment, including, famously, FIAT’s new production line based in Italy, as well as many other new investors wishing to take advantage of Italy’s general low costs of labour and need for work. This was the “Economic Miracle”, and it was about to change Italy forever, not just economically, but socially.

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