Monday, October 31, 2011

Time Lapse in Pride and Prejudice
I find Joe Wright's cinematography in Pride and Prejudice so visually stunning that his works look like a series of fluid moving paintings. Wright perfectly captures the progression of time during the scene where Elizabeth Bennet is staring into her mirror (beginning at 00:50). While artificial lighting is used to create the scene, it is done so professionally and beautifully that it seems as though Elizabeth is frozen still from sunrise to sundown. Upon Mr. Darcy's arrival, the lack of focus on his body creates the illusion that he may be an imaginative ghost in Elizabeth's mind, even though he actually leaves a letter with her. Elizabeth's refusal to turn around in the ethereal Mr. Darcy's presence emphasizes both her somber state of mind and the power of this scene in general.

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