Essay PreviewMore ↓
Although both Malena and Requiem for a Dream were released in the year 2000, they are very different films. There are multiple reasons why either film would be chosen over the other including storyline, affect on the viewer, actors/actresses, and the taste the viewer has with certain movies. Another aspect of the decision is the amount of themes a movie has and their importance. The more themes a movie forms the more a person can learn from sitting down and watching a movie. Malena is a romantic film about courage, lust, and cherishment. Requiem for a Dream is a completely different movie because it tells a story of four people's lives ruined and dreams destroyed because of an addiction to certain drugs. I believe that Malena was much better of a movie because it had a lot more to offer embracing its multiple genres, great performance without movie stars, and real life story convey perfectly.
Requiem for a Dream is a great film that tells the story of four individuals that ruin their lives because of their addiction to drugs. Although the situations of how they become addicted were different, it showed the variety of ways addiction is caused and how it affects people's lives. I liked how this movie showed what addicts really go through when they're on drugs and what they do to get them once they're addicted. This movie takes the viewer to a different world, where people with great aspirations still come out on the bottom just because of drugs. We see this in horrible scenes where Marion uses sex to get drugs, which I believe is the ultimate low for a woman. We also see this in an extreme scene when Harry sticks the needle of heroine into his horribly rotten forearm because he is so addicted. Another time is when Sara, Harry's mother, starts taking diet pills that are really the drug speed, and then starts taking larger amounts until she experiences her last high and doesn't come back from it. I will never understand why drug addicts put themselves through so much. It really opens the minds of the viewers on what really goes on in the drug world and probably scares most people out of their casual drug use because of the horrors they see in this movie. Another thing I liked about this movie is that it used many known actors and actresses.
How to Cite this Page
"Compare And Contrast The Movies Requiem For A Dream And Malena." 123HelpMe.com. 14 Aug 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Fatalism in Malena and Requiem for a Dream Malena, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and Requiem for a Dream, directed by Darren Aronofsky were full of fantastic imagery and had deeper themes, such as Fatalism. The movie Malena was full of fatalistic themes that enriched the movie watching experience, while Requiem, failed to do so. In Requiem, the main characters were creating their own situations as opposed to the characters were reacting to situations in their environments.... [tags: Film Movies Requiem Malena]
1711 words (4.9 pages)
- Reviewing cult movies, one will notice that many films will involve scenes using drugs such as marijuana or hallucinogens. Drugs performed in films with scenes of actors or actresses smoking pot tend to draw in a wide spread of audience; those who find marijuana to be the “sin” and fun to watch, and those of the smoking-hippie era themselves. Many cult drug films are solely based around marijuana or LSD because these are two drugs that cause someone to feel relaxed, or help stimulate the way the brain thinks.... [tags: cult movies, marijuana, hallucinogens]
878 words (2.5 pages)
- Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream Requiem for a Dream is a movie that was directed by Darren Aronofsky. It's a story about the decent in to the hell and torment of drug addiction; however, Aronofsky sets out to demonstrate both the seductive ecstasy of a high and the shattering anguish of addiction. Character development is the main focus of Requiem, which is shown through creative camera angles, precise editing, and brilliant acting. This movie blew my mind away, actually I found it difficult to sit through the entire movie without taking a break to go outside just to make sure that reality wasn't as bad as the movie made it seem.... [tags: essays research papers]
673 words (1.9 pages)
- Darren Aronovky’s film Requiem for a Dream is an adaptation of Hubert Shelby Jr’s fiction novel of the same name. The movie depicts different parallel stories of four people living in Brooklyn, NY, and struggling with addiction. All four stories develop during three seasons, where every season represents how gradually each character’s lives go down on a spiral as the seasons change. Everything starts with summer, where are characters are doing fine, followed by the fall, where their lives start to go downhill, and ends in the winter when the characters find their fate.... [tags: addiction, heroin, drug dealer]
2355 words (6.7 pages)
- Hubert Selby Jr.'s Requiem for a Dream In Selby's 1978 novel Requiem for a Dream each character succumbs to self-gratification, which eventually and inevitably leads to self-destruction. The four main characters, Harry Goldfarb, Sara Goldfarb, Marion, and Tyrone C. Love each suffer from individual addictions, be it their dreams, illegal/legal narcotics, or even television. "Ultimately not only their bodies and minds, but their very souls are destroyed by their addictions" (Giles 104). Harry, a middle-class addict who is constantly affecting the trust and property of his mother Sara Goldfarb, is in what seems to be a dream-like, drug-induced romance with Marion.... [tags: Literature Analysis]
1964 words (5.6 pages)
- In An American Requiem, by James Carroll, Carroll describes his struggle for knowledge, individuality and separation from his father's beliefs. The relationship between them slowly degenerates with age, and as James becomes more aware of the life happening outside of his family. Throughout the novel, Carroll focuses on many of the prominent world issues of the time, giving light to both extreme sides through his father and himself, as his father eventually comes to represent relatively everything that he does not.... [tags: James Carroll]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- Goals in the Movies Center Stage and Miracle Dreams and goals are one thing that everyone has in common. Everyone has a dream or goal that they strive for; whether it takes a couple days to accomplish, or a lifetime, everyone has at least one. The movies Center Stage and Miracle tell two different stories of triumph, using determination and the inner belief of oneself, to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of their dreams. In both of the movies they show that it takes a great deal of effort and time to reach ones goals, but everyone can accomplish them as long as their minds are set on them.... [tags: Films Movies]
1203 words (3.4 pages)
- Introduction The growth of the Internet has led to many new innovations in the way it is used. At first, it was just a form of text-based communication, similar to mail except faster. Then, as connections became quicker, people started to browse web pages, and soon even children could have their own space on the Internet. Today, many people around the world have broadband, which transfers text and pictures much faster than users can read. So developers created programs to use this extra bandwidth, programs that utilized the widespread nature of the Internet.... [tags: Internet Piracy Movies]
2892 words (8.3 pages)
- Latino Gangs in Movies American filmmakers of the late twentieth century portrayed Latinos as merciless pursuers of the "American Dream". The Latino immigrants were characterized as "Urban Bandidos", seeking the path to ultimate wealth and power in a society dominated by Anglo authority. West Side Story, Fort Apache, and Scarface each portrayed the Latino character differently, but commonly depicted the "Urban Bandido" as a man in search of money and power in America. Not only do these immigrants fight for the warped American dream, but they often fight without fear, willing to risk almost anything to reach the top.... [tags: Movies Films Gangs Violence Essays]
739 words (2.1 pages)
- Movies When I was a kid (not that long ago, thank you), movies made me dream of what my life would be like when I grew up. After coming back from a great movie, I could sit in my room for hours and fantasize about the worlds I would see and the places I would visit outside my bedroom window, the places that only exist in that narrow, nebulous space between dreaming and waking. As I grew older, "wiser" and less innocent, I realized that those moments of fantasy can only be captured for a moment.... [tags: Papers]
1109 words (3.2 pages)
Malena on the other hand, tells a completely different story of a boy longing for a beautiful woman he can't have. The story also goes into how a woman who loses her husband, loses everything else in her life, but shows great courage when she comes back to town with her husband who turned out to be alive. Instead of a modern film like Requiem for a Dream, this movie is set back during World War II. This isn't the first movie that I've seen with subtitles, but it is the first Italian movie I've seen. I think that having subtitles and listening to the Italian language really got the viewer into the movie because it was real Italy, not just a story based in Italy with the people speaking clear English. In this movie, the story seems so much more passionate than any other romantic movie I've seen. Many movies fail to show the emotions like this film has. Although this movie only had one fairly known actress, I feel it didn't hurt it in any way. Although I would have never watched this movie if it wasn't in class, I'm glad I did because it turned out to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. It didn't need to have a bunch of great movie stars; the director and actors/actresses did a great job portraying the story line and moved me with that alone. The actors and actresses in the film were perfectly played and acted out the Italian stubbornness and the other such stereotypes of Italians as well. Another great feature of the movie was the extensive amount of genres. The film shows signs of drama, comedy, romance, and war. There is drama when the women of the town beat up Malena and she screams at the men just standing there watching, comedy at various moments with Renato such as when he knocks off the arm of the statue in the church, romance with Renato's obsession with Malena, and war because it is based during World War II.
Both films are very entertaining and each produces their own important themes. In Requiem for a Dream the main theme is that drugs can ruin anyone's dreams once you become addicted. This is seen in each of the four people mainly shown. Harry's dream of giving everything to his girlfriend Marion is ruined because they spend their money on more drugs and he goes to jail and has his arm cut off in a hospital. Marion's dream of independence is ruined because Harry goes to prison and she becomes so addicted she has to depend on giving sexual favors to others for money or drugs. Tyrone loses everything after being arrested, and his dream to see his mother again, is ruined. The saddest of all, Sara, Harry's mother, gets addicted to speed, the diet pills prescribed to her, and has to get shock therapy to try and get her out of the last high she experienced. But the therapy doesn't work and she ends up in an insane asylum ruining her dream to be on television and seeing Harry become successful.
The movie Malena uses such themes as courage, lust, and cherishing memories are used. Courage is seen when after being beaten up by the women of Castelcuto, Sicily, Malena returns to the town after her long lost husband finds her and they are reunited. After being so disrespected by the people of the town, she goes to the food market alone showing great courage. Courage is also seen by Renato when he finally sends a letter, but not to Malena, to her husband Nino about where Malena is and that all the rumors were not true. Lust is seen mostly with Renato because a lot of the movie revolves around his secret obsession with Malena. His desire for her is shown when he sneaks around and spies on her, and also with his little devious acts like peeing in a ladies purse to get back at her for talking about Malena. Although he never tells Malena his feelings after all the letters he wrote, he treasures her memory and will never forget her or how she made him feel.
If the decision was based alone on taste, I would have to say that Requiem for a Dream was a better film. But putting all the different characteristics and features of the movies in comparison, I would have to say that would win my vote just because it is such a great movie all around. It communicates so many ideas to learn from, has acting that seems like real life, a great storyline, and a uses many genres that make the movie complete. Even if it is the only Italian movie I will see in my life, it was worth reading the subtitles for two hours, and I'd do it all over again.