A Comparison of Two Extracts from Films Portraying Vampires Essay

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A Comparison of Two Extracts from Films Portraying Vampires

In this essay I will compare two extracts from films portraying vampires. These extracts were taken from 'Nosferatu' a film made in the 1920's and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' a film produced in the early 1990's. I will describe how the films are similar and are different in the media language used, the representations of the vampire and the woman and the narrative resolution.

Firstly, I will compare the media language used in both films. Non diegetic sound is sound that is not in the film but added at the editing stage. In 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', non-diegetic sound is dramatic. The music becomes higher and higher pitched, this is to
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The shot makes him look superior to the town's people and he looks as though he is in control. The directors use this type of shot because knock needs to look superior and all the towns people are afraid of him. A long distance shot is also used in the film, this might have been used to include a lot of people in one shot but mainly to create the impression of distance. Also in this film chiaroscuro is used when the vampire is creeping up the stairs, a shadow is cast onto the wall, this creates tension and suspense. The vampire is seen to be evil and the darkness in the shadow helps create the effect of evil. The lighting in 'Bram Stoker's' is at times red and orange, this suggests blood and evil. Similarly, there is a close up of the moon which portrays evil because the moon is associated with werewolves. 'Nosferatu' also uses lighting, there is sometimes a coloured frame around the screen, this emphasises the emotion and sadness because colours like blue and green are used. The mise-en-scene is old style clothing in Bram stoker's as it was set around the late 1800's or early 1900's.

Secondly, I will compare the representation of the women in the two extracts. The women are portrayed completely differently in the films. The woman in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' is seen as strong, a fighter and is independent. She wields a sword and is

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