Essays Tagged: "Lester Burnham"

American Beauty and Lester Burnham's life.

American BeautyAmerican Beauty, a story about Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), his family, and his neighbors, is both funny and tragic. In addition ... . In addition to a loveless marriage, an unhappy teenage daughter, and a dull, boring, routine job, Lester is worried about aging. His idea of the "ideal" life turned out far from what he expected. Fr ... a loveless marriage, a distant relationship with his daughter, and a depressed middle aged father, Lester Burnham. Lester, a magazine advertising employee and his wife Carolyn, a realtor, cannot stan ...

(3 pages) 88 1 5.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

American Beauty

Mathew Manos6/16/02Prof. F. ConAmerican BeautyProvoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his boring life, changes that are mor ... nd interesting in this movie is how a person when they get married their lives change. In this case Lester and Carolyn used to be a happy couple, however once the marriage progressed the two grew more ... ns to the person to cause them to change from who they were? In this case, Carolyn, as described by Lester used to be a loving and spontaneous woman. However once they were married, her personality ch ...

(3 pages) 49 2 4.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

"American Beauty"

ea what I'm talking about I'm sure. Don't worry....you will someday." The "stupid little life" that Lester Burnham refers to embodies the meaningless, empty actions which he repeats daily with no part ... actions which he repeats daily with no particular purpose. Sam Mendes' "American Beauty" introduces Lester as presently dead, and merely overlooking what used to be his life. The individual members of ...

(4 pages) 120 1 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

"American Beauty"

, and medical imperatives that enforce it," Maurice Berger.He opens by telling us his name which is Lester Burnham and age 42. "It is no longer possible simply to declare one's manhood as a form of id ... ng, virtually falling down on his knees in front of his wife and daughter. The camera looks down on Lester in a high angle shot from the direction of Carolyn, which gives her dominance over him. Addit ...

(11 pages) 50 0 5.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

Stereotypes in the film "American Beauty"

parable of sorts.The plot of the film can be summarized by saying that it concerns the character of Lester Burnham, just as he is about to begin a mid-life crisis. Lester is becomes somewhat of a hero ... the marriage devoid of intimacy. For instance, there comes a moment in the film where a revitalized Lester Burnham makes a pass at his wife. He brings up old romantic memories of theirs, back when the ...

(8 pages) 40 1 0.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

"American Beauty" - Film Analysis

m family is portrayed as normal but as the film later suggests, things are not always as they seem. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) at the age of 42 has become negative and indifferent about every aspec ... ut of this monotonous routine and throw them into a complex cycle of self recognition and rebellion.Lester's awakening is prompted by two events: The first is the potential of unemployment, a situatio ...

(5 pages) 117 0 3.5 May/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

Review on "American Beauty"

mosexuality. The relationships within these institutions are explored through the main character of Lester Burnham. The film uses these themes as way to challenge and reinforce the notions of real lif ... through power relations and practices. These factors can be explored through the failed marriage of Lester and his wife Caroline and through the relationship of their daughter Jane. The meanings that ...

(7 pages) 115 1 3.6 Jun/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

Analize and discuss aspects of "American Beauty"

re-and-after in the character development and strong symbolism.Story LineThe narrator of the movie, Lester Burnham, is discontented with his life. The "climax" of his day will occur in the shower. He ... oing through puberty and won't accept her dad as a role model. Furthermore, the mid-life crisis man Lester finds his job completely dull and unsatisfying.When Lester meets Angela at one of his daughte ...

(3 pages) 64 0 3.9 Aug/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

American Beauty Notes - script for final production

IL - EARLY MORNINGWe're FLYING above suburban America, DESCENDING SLOWLY toward a tree-lined street.lESTER (V.O.)My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. This is my street. This... is my li ... NT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUOUSWe're looking down at a king-sized BED from OVERHEAD:LESTER BURNHAM lies sleeping amidst expensive bed linens, face down, wearing PAJAMAS. An irritating ...

(71 pages) 53 0 3.0 Aug/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

Narrative analysis : "American Beauty"

hat positive.The movie concerns the lives of two families that live side-by-side in the suburbs. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a"corporate drone" whose miserable career has become even moremiser ... nd his wife Barbara (Allison Janney). Fitts is even more emotional remote from his teenage son than Lester is from Jane. He is prone to violent rages. His anger can be traced to his repressed homosexu ...

(8 pages) 70 0 3.7 Mar/2007

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

American Beauty And Buddhism

the morning and feeling emotionally dead. In the movie "American Beauty," Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a middle aged family man who has no passion, motivation or reason in his life. "Amer ... uty" won several Oscars including movie of the year, and best lead actor for the portrayal of Lester Burnham. This movie revolves around the insignificant material possessions we consider beauty ...

(4 pages) 9 0 0.0 May/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Miltons paradise lost

merican Beauty could have related and changed the way they handled their situations. In particular, Lester Burnham could have saved his life if he had only read Paradise Lost.Today society is construc ... money job, a nice house in a quiet neighborhood, a fancy car, and a great spouse. American Beauty's Lester Burnham, on the surface, seems to have it all. In reality he is rapidly beginning to realize ...

(3 pages) 12 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare

A Closer Look At American Suburbia

l what it appeared to be. The next scene is of a high angle shot, with a voice-over being spoken by Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey. The narration reveals that he is already dead, which tells u ... movie: there is more to the story than what appears on the surface. The high angle tracking shot of Lester's street also holds significance for the spectator. It is our official invitation to peer int ...

(5 pages) 14 0 1.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies

The Art of Sacrifice as portrayed in the "Great Gatsby" by F.S. Fitzgerald and "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes.

American Dream to how the characters are affected or destroyed by it.In the world of Jay Gatsby and Lester Burnham, ideals and values are defined by their society. More specifically, theirs is a consu ... wn and beautiful rose beds. This quickly highlights the concept of a social ideal to strive for, as Lester Burnham’s house is portrayed as the epitome of American homes with its perfect white wal ...

(7 pages) 2937 0 0.0 Apr/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald