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The first scene begins with a close up shot of Senor Love Daddy's mouth, the

top of a microphone, and an alarm clock. The alarm clock, being used as a prop, is

making a very loud, annoying, ringing sound. This is done in order to get the

viewers attention to the problem of racism. After the ringing stops, we start

reframing in, and zooming out slowly, seeing more of Senor Love Daddy and the

microphone. There is hard lighting present in the scene. The entire shot has a

reddish color to it. A slow zoom and the reddish color are used to show the viewer

how hot the setting of the movie is. The color also reflects tension, conflict, anger,

and frustration, things that are not being expressed in the film yet. As we are

zooming out, Senor Love Daddy says "Wake up, wake up, wake up…" This part of

the scene is also is intended to get the viewers attention to the problem of racism.

The foreground and some of the middle ground are in shallow focus. This is a get in

your face type of shot, letting the viewer know that this movie will be in your face

for the next two hours and that the viewer better pay attention to the problem at

hand: racism. This shot is solely for the viewers, to get their attention. We stop

zooming out once we see the whole microphone. At that point, we start tracking out

and the camera starts moving slowly up, via a crane. We now see the reflection of

the street outside Senor Love Daddy's workplace, on the glass window Senor Love

Daddy is facing. We also see hats of many different cultures sitting Senor Love

Daddy's desk. This shows that he respects many different cultures and shows he is

a very open person. Also Senor Love Daddy's workplace is street level. He talks to

all the characters in the movie like Mookie, Radio Raheem, and the people playing

outside with the fire hydrant. This shows he is willing to communicate with the

neighborhood and also show once again that he is a very open person. He is always

looking outside the window at the community. Senor Love Daddy is not hiding from

anybody. He is the voice of the neighborhood. The camera continues moving up on

a crane until it is at an high angle, and we start panning to the left. While we are

panning to the left we see that Senor Love Daddy works at FM 108. Also written on

the bottom of the building are the words "WE LOVE". This is very ironic since the

ending of the movie shows anything but love. We pan to the left until we see the

street this movie primarily takes place in. While the camera is at an high angle,

there is a deep focus, extreme long shot of the street, to show the neighborhood to

the viewer and to give the viewer some sense of spatial orientation. The reddish

color is still being used to show the intense heat and reflect the things mentioned

above.

     The next scene begins with a high angle, long shot of Da Mayor sleeping in a

small bed in a bedroom. Coming from a broken blind covering the window, are a

combination of amber, orange, and red colors. The colors are shown on Da Mayor,

his bed and other surroundings near him. This is done to show the intense heat of

the setting and to show the frustration and tension still not yet present on the film.

We see that the room is very cluttered and small. It's obvious that the inhabitant

doesn't have much money. He is lying down on the bed so still he looks dead; he

resembles a corpse. This is done by Lee to emphasize how ineffective this character

is. Lee wants us to think how ineffective Da Mayor is going to be in this movie, and

how this character is not good for a whole lot. Lee wants us to stereotype him based

on what we see. Next the camera zooms in very slowly. We see a really old radio

turned on, on the left side, and a really old fan that is turned on, on the right side,

that doesn't seem to be doing anything to reduce the heat. We hear Senor Love

Daddy's voice coming from Da Mayor's radio. The radio, along with the tracking

out of the first scene and the zooming in at the beginning of this scene, help ties these

two scenes together. In essence, the linking shot is done with lens movement. As the

camera zooms in, we see the enormous amount of sweat on Da Mayor's body and

lots of beer bottles on a table by the side of the bed. Next Da Mayor gets up, moves

the blind, looks out the window, and lies back down. This is done to show that it is

one of those days you wish you slept through.

     The next scene begins with low angle, medium shot of Smiley. He has a very

large church behind him to serve as the background. Use of the low angle shot

makes the church look huge. Lee does this low angle shot to create an amazing and

dramatic effect. The church has a reddish color due to its red brick construction.

This once again is done to emphasize the intense heat and to tie this scene with the

previous two. We notice that Smiley has a beard making him look like a prophet or

preacher. Interestingly enough, Smiley is the only character in the entire movie

with a beard. Smiley is wearing a red/pink faded long sleeve shirt, khakis, and has a

black belt on; a very old fashioned ensemble. Smiley is very conservatively dressed

considering it's a very hot day. He has a yellow tape player around his neck and is

holding a picture in his hands, but we can't tell of what the picture is. The yellow

color of the tape player here serves as a warning sign to us. We meet Smiley while

he is preaching an important message and we see that nobody is there to listen to it.

As we listen to Smiley preach, we notice that he has a speech impairment. This

impairment is the reason no one listens to him. Smiley is preaching a very

important message but no one in the movie realizes it till its to late. Prophets in this

movie are looked upon as outcasts and Smiley is an outcast with an important

message. The church plays no role in the film and we never see it again. Lee is

either telling us that people in the neighborhood are not taking advantage of the

church or the church is ineffectual and is doing nothing. The church in this movie is

a lost cause. This shows that religion does not play a serious role in these people

lives.

     The next shot of this scene is a close up shot of the picture Smiley is holding.

We see that Smiley is holding pictures of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther

King. Both these men were assassinated because of their beliefs. Smiley draws an X

on Malcolm X, and a crown on Dr. Martin Luther King with a red marker. This is

warning sign by Lee, to get people to think about finding solutions to the racism

problem.

     The third shot of this scene has the same setup as the opening shot of this

scene. The important aspect of this scene is Smiley talking about the fight against

apartheid. However, Smiley pronounces it "Apart hate" because of his speech

impairment. There is no discrimination officially in the United States, but apartheid

is apparent. Smiley is a combination of races. He's perfect for this role because he

represents all, not just one. Also he is a very deliberate choice to choose for this

role, because Smiley has a disability. Lighting in this shot is high key, very bright,

with few or no shadows in the background.

     In the next scene you immediately notice strong backlighting with a

silhouette of Mookie. The shades on the window are an unpleasant volatile, intense

red. Haziness in shot indicates some sort of filter was used. The filter gives the shot

a murky and mysterious appearance. Low key lighting is used, very strong key light

from back is apparent, and there is little or no fill light. The camera is positioned at

an extreme long shot and the camera height is waist high. This height is used

because Mookie is sitting on a bed. As we move in behind Mookie, we can tell the

shot is being filmed with a hand held camera. Mookie's wearing a white Bull's

jersey with Jordan's number stitched in red on the back. As we move in, we notice

he is counting money. We see Mookie is a young black man with a fade, hipster

haircut. His haircut suits the time the movie takes place in. Mookie has a small

silver earring in one ear. Mookie is wearing a leather bracelet with shells on it and a

medallion shaped like Africa. This shows that Mookie has cultural heritage and

pride. It looks as if we are sneaking up on Mookie as we move up on him. It looks

like we are watching an episode of COPS. We stop at a close up shot of him

counting money. We are being set up by Lee to think that there is no way Mookie

earned the money in his hand legally. Lee wants us to stereotype and racially profile

Mookie. Every characteristic of Mookie in this scene makes him appear as a

criminal. There is a large picture of a dollar bill in the corner while Mookie is

counting his money. This shows that he likes money, he wants more. We see a

hide-a-bed. He is probably not in this current dwelling permanently. The bed is

used as a temporary means to sleep in.

     In the second shot of this scene we get a close up shot of Jade. She is sleeping

and the color pink is very apparent in this shot. It shows that Jade is very tranquil

and peaceful. Next Mookie comes over to bother Jade and wake her up. Mookie

says "Wake up, wake up…" This is done to tie the first scene with Senor Love

Daddy to this one, as it reminds us of Senor Love Daddy and the first scene. We

start zooming out slowly and are in shallow focus as we start to learn about these

two characters. Through Mookie and Jade's conversation we learn that they are

brother and sister. We learn that Jade must work a lot since she says Saturday is

the only day she can sleep in. She tells Mookie to get to work and from this we can

tell that she is the responsible one of the two. The scene concludes by Mookie

getting up off the bed and going to work.

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