Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain'. A textual analysis of micro and macro textual features and extra-textual contexts

Scientific Essay 2012 7 Pages

Didactics - French - Literature, Works


Present a textual analysis of ONE scene from ONE film or TV programme of your choice. You MUST present an argument relating to how meanings are constructed through (a) micro and macro textual features and (b) extra-textual contexts. Your answer MUST demonstrate evidence of reading and independent research.

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) Directed and written (story and scenario) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and co-written (story, scenario and screenplay) by Guillaume Laurantis with cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel, is set in the short period following Princess Diana's fatal car crash in August 1997. The narrative follows Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) , a young woman so introverted that she exists in her own self-contained realm, denied basic human contact as a child, as an adult, Amelie so fears person-to-person intimacy that she spends all her energy helping to connect others with new loves, hidden passions and forgotten treasures. I am going to carry out an in depth analysis of the very last scene of this film, up to this point Amelie has been on a great character arc, learning to look after her own interests and not just those of others. She has managed to escape out of her insulated world, forming a relationship with Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz) and in this scene the two characters enjoy a moped ride around Montmartre. I am using this short, simple, scene to illustrate the multi faceted aspects Jeunet employs to construct his own meaning on what on first glance may be deemed as a simple ride through town. I am mainly going to be focusing on his use of post production techniques to create a distinctive atmosphere or 'mise-en-scene' to the narrative, arguing that these processes create another layer of meaning to the action on screen. I will also look into the wider issue of Jeunet's representation of Paris itself, arguing that although he has created an unrealistic image of the city with little notion of the 'real' Paris that these aspects contribute to the success of the film. Finally, I will analyse the postmodern techniques Jeunet employs, arguing that by utilising these techniques within the scene he has a stronger hold on his directorial control, creating an engaging film that not only draws the audience further into the action, but aids his own postmodern ideal of grasping onto the small pleasure in life. These factors all work hand in hand within this short scene, and I am going to argue that Jeunet marries this mix of techniques together to create an aesthetic signature that adds to the success of his award winning film.



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Title: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain'. A textual analysis of micro and macro textual features and extra-textual contexts