“The Truman Show”
3 Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris (Christof)
Best Director: Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society)
Best Screenplay: Andrew Niccol
Winner of 3 Golden Globes:
Best Actor: Jim Carrey
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris
Best Original Score
You will write a threfive pargraph paper analyzing “The Truman Show” by writing on any of the following topics (Due Wednesday)
1. How do camera angles and camera movements affect the movie? What unique shots are used in the film and how do they impact the audience? How is framing used to remind the viewer of the cameras themselves? What impact do cameras have on you as a viewer? Pick a particular scene when you think cameras play an important role in the mood of the film.
2. What impact does music have on the movie? Why is particular music used for certain scenes? Why does the music stop when Truman sails into the wall? How does Christof display the importance of music in his television show? How are other sound effects used to add to a particular feeling? Is this movie deserving of a golden globe award for best original score?
3. What does “The Truman Show” say about the impact of mass media on our society? How does the movie use product placement in a sarcastic way? Is this movie realistic when thinking of current trends in web broadcasting? Would you watch this show? Would you be an actor in the show? What is the irony of a movie about the making of a live television show? Compare this movie to “Bullworth”, “Wag the Dog” or another movie about mass media.
4. Does the movie have a deeper symbolic or philosophical meaning? Do the names of characters like Truman (true man) or Christof (Christ of) have deeper meaning? In what ways is Christof like a deity (“I’m the creator”)? What is the meaning of Sylvia’s (Lauren’s) picture that Truman carries? How is the symbol of water used? How is repetition used in this movie (much like “Groundhog’s Day”)? Why doesn’t Weir use the symbol of the Truman’s ring that Niccol wrote into the script?
5. How do additions or subtractions from the script affect the story? Do you agree with the changes Weir has made? Do you like the opening of the movie? How does the rolling of credits for the television show impact the audience? How are flashbacks and foreshadowing used? Is the dialogue and character interaction natural? Which characters are developed in the story? What is the climax? What conflicts are resolved? Does the story make sense to the viewer?
6. Do you agree or disagree with philosophical statements made in the movie? “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented”-Christof. “Truman’s world is normal. The world where you live is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be”-Christof. “There’s no more truth out there than there is in the world I created for you. The same lies, the same deceit. But in my world, you have nothing to fear”-Christof. “I know you better than you know yourself”-Christof to Truman. Truman replies, “You don’t have a camera in my head.” “There is nothing fake about Truman. It isn’t always Shakespeare but it’s genuine. It’s life”-Christof. “Nothing is fake. It’s merely controlled”-Marlon. “What right do you have?” Sylvia to Christof. “The whole world revolves around me”-Truman.
7. Is “The Truman Show” realistic? Are there any flaws in the story? How realistic is the set with its 5,000 cameras? Are the actors realistic? Is it possible for something like “The Truman Show” to occur in the future? What technology would be needed?
8. How does Weir juxtapose the two worlds happening simultaneously? What importance does the man in the tub, the mother and daughter in the restaurant, the two old ladies on the couch and the two men working the security lot have? How does Weir weave the two worlds (Christof’s studio and Truman’s world) together?
9. Do you like how the movie ends? What do you make of Truman’s last words: “In case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night”? What happens to Christof? What happens to Truman and Sylvia? What happens to the viewers of the Truman show? What do you think would happen in a sequel?
10. Did you like this movie? Why or why not? Comment on the cinematography, sound, lighting, special effects or any other technical aspects. Comment on the characters or the actors themselves. Comment on the script or the story used in the movie.