Thursday, 13 December 2012

Case Study: Kill Bill 1

Made in 2003
Quentin Tarantino directed and write the film.
The Bride wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Rated  8.2 out of 10 starts from 388,436 users on imdb.

Camera Angles
During the introduction to Kill Bill one, there consists a strong use of close up shots. These types of shot help to establish the characters emotions on what they are feeling. It also helps to, on occasions, position the audience into the shoes of the character like a point of views shot. Bill here using his hankerchief shows it is actually Bill through the close up but also helps to signify his character. This hankerchief helps to show he is your typical cowboy character where also shows that he is an extreme killer. Here the blood also signifies his attitude being a dangerous person.
The hankerchief with Bills' name on shows he is a vain and conceited character while also being slightly egotistical about himself.

Throughout Kill Bill one, there is a lot of diegetic sound used. For example the footsteps which connate menace and fear.
The heavy breathing is also a good diegetic soung as it keeps the scene real and natural throughout this period. Lastly, the loading of the gun is also diegetic, where this helps us to establish that we now know what is going to happen to her.
The soundtrack of 'Bang Bang' by Nancy Sinatra is also a useful track that fits in strongly with the film. This helps to go well into the film as it signifies that her lover killed her which is ironic as that is exactly what happens to this women and Bill. This also links in well to Bill and his life of crime which shows him to be a criminal and the lifestyle he has of crime.

In Kill Bill, there is a very large amount of noir styled lighting which helps to establish the flashback in the opening scene. This shot which is consist with the noir opening gives a tribute to the noir tradition. The shot which is already used in Camera Angles, also helps to start to establish the genre of the thriller and make it into a hybrid film.
Both of the these shots show that brilliant sense of the noir tradition and creates the thriller genre instantly through this technique.
There are many moments of enigmatic effect even in the first scene where we are posed with many questions and leaving us pondering what the answers to these would be. For example we ask ourselves:
Who is this woman?
Why did Bill decide to kill this woman?
What does Bill actually look like?

In my opinion I think that this film is absolutly stunning example of the noir thriller genre. Some of the shots presented in it are excellently shot and helps to provide a sense on excitement and also keeps us on the edge of our seats as we want to know what happens next in the film, wile also supported by all these questions we are faced throughout the film.


  1. Well done Dean a satisfactory analysis. Note that "Bang Bang" is sung by Nancy Sinatra, her father Frank Sinatra was closely connected to the mob, thus there is an inter textual reference here to crime.

    Try to develop your ideas Dean, you may wish to add further to your analysis by focusing on intertextual references within the clip.

    You could also add how aspects of the film clip will inspire your own production. We'll discuss this in class.

  2. Dean could you post your analysis under Labe G321 Thriller Research. Thanks - I almost missed it!