V for Vendetta Scene Analysis

“The past can’t hurt you anymore. Not unless you let it. They made you into a victim, Evey. They made you into a statistic. But, that’s not the real you. That’s not who you are inside” In the film titled V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue,  there is jurisdiction that is portrayed through different characters. The film is set in a dystopian society and is highlighted through the several cinematography techniques used, the viewers are taken through the being of a woman who goes by the name of Evey, who can be seen as a motif in her own name. This is a subtle idea that is highlighted when V says “E-V. of course you are” Evey’s name is linked with V’s. She is living in near-futuristic London, which has been consumed by a fascist government, where simple rights; human rights, are surpressed and freedom is stripped away. As the movie progresses, Evey starts to take on the identity of V and the rebelion inside her that started off small begins to take over her; she is no longer afraid. The viewers then quickly learn of the main party in the fim; V. V is a romantic viligante who does not conform to this reigime that the government has created. He holds concern over the loss of innocnet life that has been taken for them being who they were. His aim is to change the governments ways by acting against it using different methods and tactics in hopes that the people will follow him. He wishes to mould a brand new society where freedom isn’t supressed nor where human rights don’t exist with his idea being to retain peace and strip power from the ones who took it from him. Throughout the film, the director has used Fsymbolism, camera angles and sound in order to portray the film in a way in which viewers are able to feel and think about the crucial ideas and reflect on the consequences that come in this kind of world.

“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.” The most crucial symbol used in the film is V’s mask. The main purpose for this was to not give V an identity, but purely to make him a symbol.  V is everybody, he is not the portrayal of just one character, but is all the people in the society; the people that the government wronged. By wearing this mask, V becomes something greater than himself. He becomes the living soul of an ideal, an ideal that is reflected in everyone. They portray and hide the loss of a persons identity. It isn’t just V who hides his truth with a mask, it is also seen in Evey. In the beginning, a close up shot is used of Evey putting makeup on her face, this is her mask in order to pretend she is confident and to hide her constant fear. The mask also represents opposition and revolt, which is the belief that V holds dearly.  The story poses an illogical dystopia in which time is the means and end for fascism. In the scene with V and the dominoes, the viewers see an organised motif of both red and black dominoes set up in the shape of a V, paralleling the protagonist with his belief. The film uses both diegetic and nondiegetic sounds. There is a variation drawn between the two kinds of sounds; however, the variation can be faded to create significance between two events. In the domino scene when V releases his finger and the dominoes fall and the riot begin, we can see a lot of interchnage between diegetic and nondiegetic sounds. The sound of falling dominos begins to increase in volume until it becomes more chaotic and overwhelming for the audience. It is at this very point that the sound of a crowd’s enraged cries begins to fade into it. There is a quick cut to a long shot of a riot, whose sound paralells the cries heard previously.  The fusion of diegetic and nondiegetic sounds. reaches a peak at where the sound of the dominos falling is almost completely drowned out by what could be interpreted as either a gun shot or perhaps a helicopter. This connection can be defined as a sound bridge. In this instance, the sound bridge is used to create a symbolic motif in the audience’s mind between the cascade of dominos set off by V,  and the riots taking place outside.

These dominoes portray symbolism as they are a representation of his ploy. They are an organised sequence in which demonstrates what V is doing with the dominos and what is occurring in the outside world. He places them side by side, cutting between the two means so the viewers shape a connection between the two. At the beginning of the scene it shows V placing the first domino and then switches to a long shot of various trucks driving, containing boxes of the masks that V exhibits. This is showing juxtaposition as this is seen as the first part of V’s ploy which can be related back to the first domino he flicks over with his gloved hand that cover the burns in which the government burdened him with. In this scene the viewers are able to think about the link between what is taking place and how strong V wants this. They are impacted emotionally through what the are viewing. If we were to view this as from a societal point of view, we can see that sometimes the events that take place, are linked through different people, places and sometimes can just happen for a coincidence. Sometimes it is out of our hands of what happens and most times we cannot do anything about it, sometimes these things slip through our fingers and we must allow it to pan out in front of us.

“Die die, why won’t you die?” In this film, the director has purposly used different cinematography techniques in order to enhance the meaning and messages that this film portrays. In the fight scene, he uses different camera angles and changing sequences of sound to demonstrate the significance of how zealous he is to rebuild and reshape the society that London has been forced to obey.  From the very beginining of the film, the viewers learn how strongly afraid  the people are by the government and they feel that they must obey everything that they say. When the fight scene begins,


2 Replies to “V for Vendetta Scene Analysis”

  1. Make sure you know the meaning of words you are using Kimmy – remember sometimes it is better to keep it simple!

    Remember to describe the effect on the viewer of each cinematography technique used, and how the techniques work together to create an effective scene.

  2. Be careful you are sure of the meanings of the vocabulary you are using, Kimmy. There are some malapropisms in your introduction – remember sometimes it is better to keep it simple!

    Remember to describe the effect on the viewer of each cinematography technique used, and how the techniques work together to create an effective scene.

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