In the well-known dystopian film, V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue there are two scenes, the domino scene and the fight scene, which show the control the government has over the society. This film is set in future London where the society is being run and controlled by the police force and the fascist government is controlling people, stripping them of their freedom and basic human rights. V, on the other hand, is a masked man who is rebelling against the government restrictions to teach society that they can move away from the brutality and have their rights back again. The director’s intention was to make the viewers think about how if you have an idea and follow through with it, then you can make a difference and better the life of others. Both the domino and fight scene have film techniques which help the viewers understand the director’s intention. In the domino scene, McTeigue included symbols and camera angles. During the fight scene, lighting and editing made the viewers think about how masked V controlled society and worked on bettering society which lets us know what could happen if the government took full control.

One of the ideas James McTeigue intended to put in the viewer’s mind, is that any

The domino scene has intense symbolism and camera angles. The symbol of the letter “V” is recurring through the film. The red and black dominoes are stacked in a way that they form a “V” shape. This shows the recurring “V” symbol throughout the film. V is a recurring representation as it is a meaningful letter as it is the roman number for 5. 5 is the number of the room where he was imprisoned when he was forced to undertake medical experiments. This leads him to dislike the government and came up with the name “V” as in vendetta and a plan to get back at them. His favourite number then becomes 5 and letter V. During the domino scene there are a variety of overhead shots and close-ups which show V setting up the dominoes in a circle

“Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.”

The director’s intention for this scene is to reiterate the

As V pushes one domino via a close up shot, we realise that V has only done a small thing in society, but the actions he took has created a ripple in society which has affected more than one person and that the society is falling apart due to the bombing of the building on the 5th of November.

“I suddenly felt like everything was connected.”

“The past can’t hurt you anymore unless you let it. 
Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask, there is an idea, Mr Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”

In the fight scene, the use of techniques such as camera speed and editing helped highlight the director’s intention of

During this fight scene, there are many shots of V fighting with his swords. The director used the technique of editing the camera speed to slow down the movement of the blades. By doing this, the viewers are able to appreciate the violence and realise

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  1. You need to go in to detail about the director’s intention. Also ensure you use specific terminology whe discussing cinematography techniques.

  2. You have a lot of work to do to add detail and then edit everything together in to a structured visual analysis, Bella.


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