"The Talented Mr Ripley" Scene Analysis- Tom's Room

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The scene begins with an ambiance of warmth and comfort as the camera pans across showing the audience details of each object and its appearance. For example the camera zooms into the fireplace which glows with a golden red colour almost like the colours from hell. This conveys a sense of danger or haphazard as something mysterious may happen. The scene is accompanied with non dietetic piano sonatas by the Italian choir as the camera pans across the room zooming in and out of certain objects. The use of a close up shot revealing Ripley unwrapping his gifts which are showered in lush rich golden colours are significant as it highlights the issue that for some odd reason Ripley has chosen to buy himself gifts, wrap them up and unwrap them again for Christmas. The close up of the present which reveals a white headed statue is important as the audience later finds out it is the weapon which kills Freddie.

The next scene begins with a medium shot of Tom's house. We are shown a rich red sofa, gold lightings, a chandelier and mirrors all implying vast wealth. It shows the read Tom's environment, how he lives his new life and it can be used as a contrast to what the audience first saw in the first few chapters of the movie, a low classed citizen living in a basement. The use of a medium close up of Tom with glass of champagne in hand also reinforces the fact that Tom is enjoying his new life. The fact that he is so happily living the "American Dream" is also evident through the way in which he acts and slowly drinks the champagne like a gentlemen with loads of money.

The camera then changes to a new scene in which...