Classical & Modern Differences

After understanding the differences between classical, modern and postmodern film-making, I believe that the film “Once Were Warriors” and “The Piano” relate to each other more so in a modern film-making way. Though “Once Were Warriors” gave a bit of relief in the ending by giving satisfying the audience’s hope that the abused wife would be free from her husband, it gave a little classical feel, but very modern in the fact that her daughter hung herself. Also the fact that they movie was still open ending about what happened to the abusive husband, after he beat up his brother in the bar and you can hear sirens in the background coming. Were those ambulances to help the uncle? Was it also police to lock up the husband for assault? Did the uncle die? Very unsatisfying ending in regards to that side of the story. The film “The Piano” weighted more heavily on the modern side. Though the ending the woman was saved from drowning and also able to leave with the man she “more so loved”, it was still satisfying to see he fingers chopped off, crippling her ability to enjoy what she feels the need to exist for. There was displeasure and an uncomfortable vibe I got when she played for her piano back, one “lesson” at a time, letting the man take advantage of her for his sexual pleasure.

On the political side of things, “Once Were Warriors” realistically brings awareness to how the Maori men abuse their wives. I actually have a few friends that are Maori that grew up on this movie, as I have grew up in the African American culture with our culture films that were based on realism in how I was raised in my community. As far as the film “The Piano” goes, there is this depressing feeling that you get when you see a woman married to a man she has never met and unfortunately do not get along. We all have a sense that the older someone is, the more likely they know that value of marriage. At least for me, I feel that how old they may have been during this film, that time period may not have culturally accepted divorce. Though I do not believe in divorce freely the way current culture does today, I still felt very sorry for her and the dilemma of a marriage she had to go through. So I do believe the director wanted to target the realism in this tradition of marriage, and reflect how pitiful it can turn out to be for those who have done such in our history.


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