The Train heading to Wilderness in Western/去向西部荒野的列车

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Dead Man(1995)

It is the beginning of movie Dead Man(1995).  This figure demonstrates some passengers on a carriage of a train heading to New Mexico, the 1880s. A few of them are staring at the main character, named William Blake, who is an accountant in Cleveland. The director wants to express a strange cognizance to audiences in the movie beginning. The first strange point, the movie is shown in black & white although it is a 1995 movie. It is work for the theme of the movie, but audiences do not realize this is part of the theme in the beginning of this film. The second strange part is the atmosphere in the carriage. Those passengers are not well dressed, and some of them are traveling with their guns. They give audiences an uncivilized impression. However, William Blake is an accountant from a city; he shares nothing in common with other passengers. That is why some passengers stare at him in a strange expression. The movie expresses a scenario that might take place in the real world in a dramatic, exaggerated way. It is a an example of the expression of magic realism. The director hints that audiences recall their memories of ordinary events, but the story shows on screen adds some unrealistic material. For example, a few of train passengers in 1880s might carry weapons in the carriage in a concealed way. In this movie, most of the train passengers carry their guns in carriages without hiding them. It is essential to know the magical realism elements in the movie are also work for the theme. Audiences will notice more strange points while the movie moves forward; they may be confused. However, all of the questions will be answered when the movie ends, and the theme comes out. It is the art of visual storytelling through film.

这是1995年电影《离魂异客》的开头一幕。这张剧照展示了1880年代,一列开往新墨西哥的的一节车厢里面乘客们的情况。几位乘客正盯着男主角,一个来自克利夫兰名叫威廉·布莱克的会计师。导演试图在影片开头给观众们创造一种奇异迷离,或者说不合常理的景象。第一个奇异的地方在于全片以黑白形式呈现即使这是一部1995年的作品。这种拍摄手法服务于电影的主题,但是观众们并不会在影片开头观察到这一点。第二个奇异的地方在于车厢内的气氛。这些乘客衣着破旧,部分乘客带着枪。在观众眼里他们似乎是未受教育的。但是影片主角,威廉布莱克,他是一个来自城市的会计师。他与其它的乘客毫无共同之处,这也是部分乘客会以古怪的眼神盯着他的原因。影片将现实中可能出现的情景以一种夸张而戏剧化的形式呈现。这是一种魔幻现实的表现形式。导演试图唤起观众们关于类似情景的记忆,而在银幕上呈现的画面却在现实情景中加入非现实元素。举个例子,在1880年代,部分乘客或许会隐蔽的携带武器乘坐火车。但是电影中的乘客却毫不掩饰他们随身携带的枪支。值得注意的是魔幻现实的表现手法亦服务于影片主题。观众们会随着影片推进观察到更多非现实的元素。他们也许感到困惑但是一切疑问都会在影片结尾得到解答而全片主旨也随之出现。这即是一种影片中的视觉艺术手法。