There’s such a strong tie between film and the way we experience our lives. As we talked about the technicalities of cinema this week, we even learned how cinema has adapted itself via aspect ratio to be more true-to-life. As we’ve learned about mise-en-scene, I’ve started to consider how I set the scene to my own life, so to speak. How do I dress myself? How do I frame the scene? In what light have I cast this, either figuratively or literally?
As a kid I would refer to live action adaptions of movies as the “real version.” I’d ask my mom “May we watch the real version of Cinderella?” Now I hear my nieces and nephews do the same thing. This tie to real life is what makes cinema so magical. It takes something like Alcott’s story, which is relatable for other reasons on the page, and brings it to the movie-goer in an immersive way I’m sure Alcott and her contemporaries never dreamed of.
How lucky we are to be alive during this time, experiencing the magic of cinema.