Rumble Fish Film Techniques

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When considering a film that has good stylistic elements, a person like me would usually look at the camera movement, cinematography, and the depth of field/the long take used in that particular film. The director of the movie Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola, focused on some film techniques which made the movie stand out in many ways, especially since those techniques were barely used back then. The film is basically about the relationship between the Motorcycle Boy and his younger brother, Rusty James. The Motorcycle Boy used to be a gang leader but is now looking for a more peaceful life while his younger brother is tries to become as cool and scary as his older brother was and still is. The film has a lot of breathtaking scenes where each…show more content…
For the cinematography and camera movements, most were low angle shots and close ups with wide angle lenses. The film contains tracking shots with almost every long take. The handheld camera technique is used when Rusty James is taken home after the fight as they enter the house. It gives us the impression of being in Rusty James’s place after being hit with a knife and gives the sense of a panic mode for all the boys. The only extreme close up is at the pet store when The Motorcycle Boy told his brother about how the fish would not fight as much if they were to be put in the river. This is a very important scene to the meaning of the film because it explains the whole idea of the title. The brother also explains that people would not fight so much if they had space just like the fish. This is the message that Coppola was trying to convey in creating this film. In less than a minute, Coppola made us learn a lot about The Motorcycle Boy's good looks and that he may have once fought in Rusty James’s place because we see what happens when someone fought his brother. That particular scene begins with a camera angle that shows Rusty James at the door outside of the pet

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