Children of Men

Analyzing the Cinematography in Children of Men College

Within Children of Men, the implementation of various stylistic elements from a cinematography standpoint allows Alfonso Cuarón to iterate subtle messages throughout the film. More specifically, the usage of combined camera angles and extended on-screen visuals adds together to encapsulate several themes including infertility, overpopulation, and global capitalism. This essay will seek to establish and describe the extent to which certain directorial and cinematographic decisions affect the communication of these themes. The essay will also investigate the modes of both primary and secondary analysis regarding the film’s cinematic inclusions as a way of developing an independent argument. These sources include direct statements from Cuarón, interviews with scholars on the themes portrayed within the film, as well as analysis attributed to members of the New York Film Academy. Furthermore, Cuarón’s usage of an anamorphic technique when shooting on a standard 35mm lens will be discussed in relation to how it supports the central argument. Through the combination of analysis from distinguished scholars and self-created inductions supported by evidence, this essay will clearly explain how specific cinematic inclusions work to...

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