Significant details about Charles Herman 

Seems unorganized, slack, not care about school, outgoing, confident, Alcoholic, unmotivated, over the top, Uses lots of gestures, charismatic, disheveled, insightful into Johns character personality and needs, ambiguous (vague), not clear on his intentions, talkative, sarcastic, easy going, casual, understanding, prodigal.

Scene: John meets Charles for the first time. 

What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?
Watching people socialize and interact outside. He is alone in his room working on school work, he looks envious, confused, uneasy. it is not a problem he could solve in some way, people interacting and socializing and making friends it’s a problem in his life.
Music- choir opera music, diegetic sound- Indicated that he has a traditional side of him, brain stimulating music, He has an unusual acquired taste.

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

Music- choir opera music, diegetic sound- Indicated that he has a traditional side of him, brain stimulating music, He has an unusual acquired taste.

Moving his desk to the window in a long shot towards the light so he can create a mathematical revolution. – In the film, light is always used in the mathematical revolution.

graduates playing football, John doesn’t fit- does maths instead.

close up shot of Jonh looking confused

90% of the film we hear Charles before we see him – Symptom of Schizophrenia people who have this condition people and have schizophrenic delusions often hear them before they see them. – Hear Charles a cough before we see him.

Then a POV long shot from John perspective introduces him into the scene, we always see Charles form Johns POV!!!!!!!- Shows that Charles is seen from Johns’ eyes.

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behavior?

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

  • conflict going on in Johns mind about whether he should be hanging with the guys outside or being the best mathematician.
  • Allows Charles to get in his face and ask is my room mate just a dick- represents Jonh asking himself.
  • Charles studies English and so is not a threat to Johns success he can become a friend.
  • ” The truth is I don’t like people much”
  • makes all of Jonh’s concerns into a joke more light hearted
  • “Mathematics is never going to lead you to a higher truth”
  • John is struggling with a purpose in life Charles helps us understand that
  • He represents a friend
  • The side of Jonh that he wishes he was more like.

 

Scene: In the Library/ Bar

 

What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?

  • John is trying to find his original mathematical idea
  • John has been in the library for two days
  • Been drawing on the windows
  • Watching the outside world and creating mathematical calculations that depict the outside world on the window.
  • John is playing pool by himself, Hanson turns up and says “Whos winning? You or You?”
  • Jonh approaches a girl but his lack of social skills leaves him embarrassed he looks to Charles for support.

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

  • Long shot showing a nearly empty library, John is sitting on the window seat. Slight light shining onto John (revelation) “You know Hanson has just published another paper?” says John, he is having a personal conflict
  • once again we hear Charles before we see him shown through a POV medium shot.
  • “And this is a woman who is chasing a man who stole her purse”-John this quote is disturbing as he derived an equation for this act but did not even try to stop the physical act. Shows he is a losing sense of reality and the world and morality.
  • Charles introduces another delusional character, his niece John has created another one connected to Charles to provide more comfort to him to deal with his stress
  • Two shot of both men ” when did you last eat” – Charles  showing his placement as a friend who cares
  • We see a long shot of John with arms in the air looking free Charles releases him from the isolation of the need for success ect- all the stress she is going through.

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behavior?

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

The purpose of Charles in this scene is to help for Jonh to further deal with his failures

Charles knows what was said between John and the girl but was not evidently listening.

Scene: 3 John hits the wall

 

What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?

  • When Charles first appears John is staring at a window which is covered in mathematical equations it is the only thing he can actually see.
  • Throws his desk out of the window.

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behavior?

  • Medium shot of John looking at window of equations
  • Close up shot of him smaching his head on the glass
  • Hear chalres again before we see him

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

 

Scene: 4

 

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What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behavior?

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

 

Scene: 5

 

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What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behavior?

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

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