The Attention Grabbers of Midnight Cowboy

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Karlee Folk
ENGL-126 - 002W - Film & Literature
June 7th 2012

The opening scene of midnight cowboy does an extremely good job of out lining what the story of the film will be about. With the use of different visual effects of the shots throughout the movie they display the main focus points that will be important during this movie. The movie gives the viewers the main key elements of the movie in the first couple scenes. For example, the main characters name repeated “where’s that Joe Buck.” Or the emphasis on the “cowboy” features in his outfit from head to toe. Finally the almost arrogant or cocky like attitude given through his singing to himself through the mirror. These main points are not only obvious but the lighting and visual distance from the camera highlight’s these key points even more. With the key point given to the viewers the plot is able to be narrowed in by the end of the opening scene. With this done there is no hidden agenda that the director is trying to have and the viewers are never left out of what this film will be about. They are able to outline the plot an follow the plot while watching this movie. One of the main features this movie uses to its advantage is a close up. This is where the shot is close up to a person or an object (Petrie, G-2). Midnight cowboy uses this most while emphasizing on the cowboy features that Joe Buck was wearing. A close up was done as he carefully placed the black hat with a gold band on his head. Another close up was done as he buttoned up his plaid shirt emphasizing on his face and chest. The director Even had a close up done as he zipped up his fly. Obviously, the director had the intensions of showing Joe Buck’s man hood and male like personality with this close up. Finally, there was a close up of the brand new cow boy boots being opened. Through all of these close ups the viewers are able to…...

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