ShahbazMughalENG250-906Dr.Scott MillsOctober4th, 2017ThePianohttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107822/ 1)Identify the two characters that”provide” a form of communication, and how they serve in the contextof communication to others an ability to enable communication among manycharacters.In the beginning of the The Piano, Ada McGrath and Flora, her daughter, are waiting withtheir stuff near the shoreline. Upon Alisdair Stewart, a New Zealandfrontiersman, and with his team from the Maori culture arriving at the beach,they realize that Ada is a mute piano player and thus the two characters thatprovide a form of communication that is most notable is that which existsbetween Ada and her daughter Flora.
For example, Ada uses sign language andwriting small notes as her main form of communication during this scene. Thisserves as an ability to enable communication among many characters because hownoticeable those two acts are in and of itself. It attracts a lot of attentionamong characters. If one person were two just communicate by writing smallnotes and/or using sign language, it is intriguing to see and interpret was isgoing on. Additionally, from the perspective of the Maori people they seem tocommunicate mostly only through their language meaning they are likelyunfamiliar with the forms of communication Ada uses.
(2) Describe scenes in support of your twochosen characters, be sure to consider if your choices match the above. Give areason why you think the two you choose “provide” communication.Ada uses her two forms of communication, writing smallnotes and sign language, interchangeably. In a way this provides communicationmore effectively and concise. Yes, Ada is not able to speak, but she is usingtwo ways to get her message across. Whereas, the typical person gets therepoint usually just by speaking in articulated words. Moreover, they are smallnotes ultimately expressed vocally by Flora, and it is very interesting how shedoes so. If we take a step back, and perceive of how the atmosphere is betweenAda and Flora with/against Stewart and his team, you can tell there isnaturally some tension represented as if they are all ready not on good terms.
Continuing with how Flora expresses Ada’s messages, Flora’s tone in voice isrelatively aggressive compared to anyone else. The audience is able to tellthere is a connecting bridge in between the way Ada feels protective for herpiano. Secondly, the way Flora quickly looks back and forth between Ada andStewart, but giving more attention and priority to what Ada has to say and lesspriority to what Stewart says about the piano and her belongings. (3)Identify and describe 5 ways Ada communicatesAda communicates in the beginning and ending of the film.
We are able to hear her voice in her head narrating the story line. Signlanguage and writing small notes is primarily significant as well with the helpof Flora. And lastly, Ada loves and enjoys expressing the way she feels byplaying her piano. (4) Describe the scene when animation is used, whateffect does that have in the scene? Florawas describing a moment of her past during the time when her “real father” andmom were married together in the mountains from where they came from. Flora istelling a story of how they were singing so “passionately” in the mountainswhen a storm was coming inbound. Despite the falling rain, they continued tosing, sing, and sing, but sadly, her father got struck by lightening.
This iswhat animation exactly shows – how he lit up as torch on fire. There is evensound of the fire crippling sound. This animation really gives you effect ofthe hardship that Flora and Ada face from the past. It gives the audience amore emotional and impactful feel of the tragic event. This animation sceneallows it to serve as a key point in the film that is easy to remember andreflect back to.
Essentially, it gets “stamped” into the minds of the audience.(5)How does Director Jane Campion communicate inher choices as a filmmaker? What images, sounds and themes are present in thefilm? (Consider similar use of sound as heard in Hell in the Pacific) Water and wind are both common sounds inboth movies. In Hell in the Pacific those sounds are very prevalent becausethey are stranded on an island so water and wind is very prevalent. However,Campion mostly used the sounds of water in the beginning and ending, with windbeing in both beginning and ending, with some wind sounds spread throughout themovie.
The piano musical piece to the film was absolutely amazing, and soundedso beautiful. It really gives life to movie, despite the movies’ dull andgray-scale-like colors. I found it interesting how the only time the piano wasplayed in disorder was by the Maori people and that was when Stewart figuredout she was cheating on him with Baines and chased Ada down in the forest. (6)What is the condition of the communicationbetween the Maori people and the colonial settlers? – How does the play scenefactor in to Campion’s concept for the film?You can there is a lack of understanding between thecolonial people and the local Maori people solely based upon the play scene.The Maori people thought someone was actually being killed in the play, meaningthere was not an understanding of the concept of what a play actually entails.Moreover, I believe it shows somewhat a barbarian and uncivilized side to theMaori culture in comparison.
This is actually also showed in the very beginningof the move when the Maori people just started playing around in the beachwater when Stewart was trying to implement a way to being Ada’s belongings backto the house.