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Dan Dinello

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334024

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.001.0001

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Documenting the Future: Visual Design

Documenting the Future: Visual Design

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(p.39) 3. Documenting the Future: Visual Design
Source:
(p.3) Constellations
Author(s):

Dan Dinello

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781999334024.003.0003

This chapter details how Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men eschews the glamorous production values of the standard Hollywood film and moves into the transgressive realm of simulated reportage. It elaborates Children of Men's realism by Cuarón's incorporation of the handheld camera with uninterrupted long takes, complex compositions with multiple planes of action, and an emphasis on medium and long-distance shots rather than close-ups. It also analyses Children of Men's visual style that reflects the aesthetic of French film theorist Andre Bazin. The chapter discusses how Cuarón takes a 'present-in-the-future' approach to the mise-en-scène and insistently cross-references the nightmarish state-of-siege future with staged versions of historical, politically charged imagery. It examines Children of Men as a transhistorical critique.

Keywords:   Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men, production value, simulated reportage, visual style, state-of-siege future, mise-en-scène

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