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Cinematography in “She’s Gotta Have It”
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3:55 pm
September 9, 2009

Leonardo Flores


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For this posting you must analyze a shot, sequence of shots, scene, or cinematographic pattern in Spike Lee’s film “She’s Gotta Have It.” While the language of mise-en-scene is relevant to this analysis, you should focus on cinematographic elements, such as choices in film stock, implied proximity, camera angle, camera movement, lighting, and so on. Your initial 250-word posting is due on Tuesday, September 15 and your response to a classmate’s posting is due by the following Thursday.

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1:27 am
September 15, 2009

Veronica Rivera Vele


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           I realize so far that these movies have something in common; they all want to project the struggles and characteristics of life style from the perspective of the character, showing feelings, attitude and behavior. In the beginning of the movie a medium shot of each character is shown. In the way they talk, they expose their personality, their way of thinking about life and love trough their experience with Nola.

            In the scene where the three men are sharing Thanksgiving dinner in Nola’s house, I perceive their different personality and their feelings about her. The camera only takes a shot of the three guys together or Nola only, meaning that she is in control.

            Lighting is everything in this movie. In the shot after the dinner and the Scrabble game, Nola and Jamie are in bed and the key light or the primary source of illumination is on them, while Mars and Greer represents their shadow, their obstacles. The bed is the mandatory object in the movie. Also and important object are the candles, which only lights up when Jamie is in the apartment.


12:05 pm
September 15, 2009



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Yeah I wholeheartedly agree about the lighting. In my perspective the lighting always seems to be brighter on Jamie, whenever the 3 of them or just Jamie and Nola are in the scene. It's like the movie is already setting you up to know who she will ultimately pick from her selection of guys: the tight-ass suave man, or the silly-brotha from the street, or the Your-my-soulmate sap. I mean this scene after the dinner, after scrabble and then in the bed, Jamie and Nola are illuminated as you say, clearly letting us know he is the chosen one from them. But as we all know she ends up with none of them.

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