How rivers run.

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A River Runs Though It The movie, A River Runs Through It, directed by Robert Redford, and starring Craig Sheffer as Norman and Brad Pitt as Paul the younger brother, is about two brothers that have a close relationship. As their growing up they both rebel against their stern minister father, each in their own way. This movie takes place in the entrancing mountains of Montana, with a magnificent river that runs through it. The bond between the boys starts to fall apart as they face their future both taking two very different roads. The director effectively uses shots, action and mise en scene to show the directions both boys have chosen to take. In the middle of the clip where the boys are carrying the boat to the river, shots are used to show which direction the brothers have chose to take. The close up shot of Paul smiling shows a very eager person.

Paul is in the front of the boat showing the viewer that he is leading the way. Norman on the other hand, is becoming aggravated by Paul's anticipation for trying this brainless stunt. The close up of Norman portrays to the viewer that he is not sharing the same feeling as Paul and is wondering how he is going to get out of shooting the chutes. Later in the scene, there is a close up shot of Paul standing in front of the river and all the viewer can see behind Paul is the water. This symbolizes to the viewer that Paul has become one with the water. The viewer at this point knows that Paul is actually going to go through with this reckless idea. After, the McLain brothers go over the chutes and are safely on shore, the director shoots a close...