Tsotsi Film Analysis

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The film industry has developed rapidly since 1896 spanning every continent and region of the world; while highlighting various races, cultures, religions, social statuses and a range of diverse differences. This essay seeks to explore and analyze the film elements of Mise-en-scène and Editing used within the 2005 South African and United Kingdom co-production film “Tsotsi” focusing on scene the between the crippled beggar; Morris (Jerry Mofokeng) and Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae). This film which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006 was originally a novel written by well-known apartheid author Athol Fugard before it was adapted for screen and directed by Gavin Hood. Tsotsi a Johannesburg township gangster is on a…show more content…
The director does another CU when he stops by the newspaper man giving him a few of his earnings. These were done in close ups because this was Tsotsi’s line of sight because when he wanted to get Morris’ attention the passage way he throws one of the same silver coins Morris was collecting instead of a rock. The second moment was when Tsotsi retreats his gun the camera moves from a CU of the that action to a medium shot (MS) of Morris’ face in fright and his hands clenched between his legs, without words this motion has already show that this frighten crippled man has urinated on himself. The last useful close up and editing technique was on Tsotsi when he was explaining the time he saw a dog being kicked. At this point the scene with his father kicking the dog could have been inserted into a flashback or a snippet of just a foot kicking the dog; foreshadowing to the later scene, but it would have broken that moment and the emotion on his face that told it all. Editing the scene with him when he was younger suited the moment that it came in the film and might not have been effective if it came earlier as most films might have

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