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All the presidents Men (1976)

April 24, 2012

In “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Paluka displays a great deal of meaningful scenes where his techniques play a bigger role in the film than the actual plot. Due to this method of directing, I was very glued to the actual movie.
One technique Paluka took advantage of was the act of the “mise-en-scene.” Mise-en-scene is a French term which has a long originality in theater and it literally means ‘put in the scene.” For film, mise-en-scene has a much superior meaning, it claims that everything that goes into the composition of the shot (such as framing, movement of the camera, characters, lighting, sounds, ect…) helps build the importance of the scene. In this film, Paluka shows a great deal of mise-en-scenes such as the very first scene where the camera was in focus. The camera was slowly, and silently filming different part of a parking lot and a room full of men. The men appeared to be trying to hide the fact that they just had committed a crime of theft. Although the light in the room was on, Paluka still gave the room a dark complexion. I believe that Paluka was using this skill to demonstrate that his film was about hidden identities and power because we couldn’t really see a clear picture of the men’s faces. The men were also dressed in black suits, representing a higher class from the business field.
Paluka also gave the characters in his film this look that consists of sharp and expensive suits, clean cuts, and a firm look. I believe that he does so because he wanted to portray them all in a very similar manner, reminding the audience that we are dealing with a series of greedy and money hungry businessmen.
Paluka really drew me into the film as opposed to just watching a movie. He captured my attention mostly with how realistic he made each scene seem. There was a scene where the reporter was on the phone and if you carefully pay attention you would notice that Paluka actually blurred half the top of what was going on in the background. He didn’t blur the entire background, leaving just enough for the audience to see what actually going on. This was the scene where the reporter wanted to make some phone calls to verify his facts for the very first time.
Another thing that caught my attention was the secretary from the huge business corporation and her smile. She had a look that indicated that everything was perfect and although the reporter had an appointment and was waiting for a significant amount of time, she still found it in her to smile and assure that everything was fine and that all he had to do was be patient. I feel that the secretary’s smile was another one of Paluka’s ways of explaining the intentions of this movie. Her smile, unrealistic and uncomfortable, represented how fake and sketchy the company was. It also indicated that there was fraud and dishonesty involved.
This movie was a very enjoyable one for me and I very much took advantage of the great directing skills of Paluka.

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