Non-Diegetic Techniques Used In The Film, Still Alice

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Still Alice is a movie about Alice Howland, a professor at Columbia University majoring in linguistics. During one of Alice’s lectures she forgot a word and during a jog she does everyday, she became lost. Alice went to her doctor who diagnosed her with early onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease. The director has used Sounds, Costumes and Cinematography that is used in the movie to develop the character of Alice Howland. Non-diegetic sound is important in movies as it helps the audiences understand the specific emotions of a scene. It is also there to create an emotional response from the audience.
 Non-diegetic sound is only used in the film when something big happens. Throughout the movie the sound changes with the mood of the scene. An example of this type of sound in Still Alice is when Alice was running on campus. While she was running they had a quiet violin sound but when Alice become lost it turned into an intense sound of violins playing and had Alice …show more content…

A major scene that displayed cinematography was the scene when Alice was jogging and she got lost on campus where she runs everyday. The scene showed Alice’s face when she was looking lost. In the scene the camera circled Alice to show that she was confused, lost and out of breathe from running. Another example of cinematography that was significant in the movie is when Alice was looking through her laptop and comes across her “suicide” video. Throughout this specific scene the cinematography was significant because it showed lots of close ups of Alice’s face to show that she was confused and did not know what was going on. Alice had to keep replaying the video over and over again to remember what she was doing. This scene was very heart wrenching as it showed that Alice was going to unknowingly “commit” suicide at the command of her past self, but yet she had no idea about what was going to happen to her after she did

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