Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Post by Admin on Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:29 pm

How is the main character constructed? What filmic tools are used to accentuate and highlight that construction? What are the objectives, desires and challenges s/he faces?

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Re: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Post by Gym&Groceries on Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:51 pm

Indiana Jones has became one of the most iconic protagonists in history. Portrayed by Harrison Ford, the world was first introduced to Indiana Jones in 1981. He first see Jones at the beginning of the film in an ancient temple, trying to receive an idol. This includes the famous scene where Jones quickly removes the idol and places a bag of sand in its place before it triggers a set of booby-traps. Our first impressions of Jones are very positive as we see both wit and strength as Jones manages to escape the temple. 

Through the film we see Jones in his normal profession of a

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Re: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Post by Charliemarie on Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:25 pm

[ltr]In the beginning of the film, Indiana Jones seems like your average action hero/archaeologist, walking straight into dangerous old ruins that will obviously be riddled with booby-traps. Also the way he is dressed gives an indication of action and adventure.[/ltr]

It becomes apparent that he is more than that, he has a sort of Double life, on one side of his life is a calm, collected, mild mannered kind of guy, this goes well with his professor status, you also get the impression that  he is intelligent due to his profession.

The other side is an action hero,adventurous and brave, travelling to far off places, mainly to collect artefacts for the museum he works for.he is very quick a no nonsense kind of guy. He carries a gun and a whip on his travels indicating he knows the risks and is ready to face danger when necessary.  

Both sides of his double life go hand in hand, he goes to collect artefacts for the museum and works are a professor,  collecting the artefacts seems the more dangerous side, though he uses skills such as his knowledge from his other life, to help him with this, he is well versed on the basic facts about the artefacts and knows that they can't go into the wrong hands, so he uses his intelligence and applies to other skills such a bravery and strength combining them to defeat his enemy at the end.

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Re: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Post by mcn on Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:06 pm

Indiana Jones is a classic example of an action hero and considered one of the most recognisable in cinematic history. 

Portrayed by Harrison Ford he has the appearance that you come to expect from the lead actor in an action / adventure film - tall and rugged but with the ability to appear more polished. The scene in which Indiana is lecturing a college class is the first time you see him in a formal setting and not being chased through a south american rainforest by a tribe thirsting for his blood, the girls in his class appear to be in awe of Indiana, staring at him dreamingly and this partly comedic scene helps to emphasise his attractiveness.

From the offset there's a sense of intrigue created around Indiana. His face is not revealed for the first two minutes of the film yet the audience still gains an idea of some of his personality traits; he seems unfazed by the potential dangers within the jungle and is firmly in control (demonstrated by how he leads the group of explorers through the jungle and navigates through an onslaught of booby traps)

Indiana Jones is an intelligent and no-nonsense type of man and this is clear both when he's teaching a class of teenagers and when he's fighting Nazis. He seems like a man with no weaknesses (besides a fear of snakes that frequently comes to haunt him) but although he has the general objective of preventing the Nazis from gaining possession of the ark of the covenant and rescuing Marion from their clutches he himself admits "I'm making it up as I go". Ultimately Indiana Jones is your average action but his high level of intelligence is what sets him apart, the ending demonstrates this superbly as after completing his job and being paid handsomely he's irked by the decisions made by his superiors of what do with the ark and he feels he has the superior knowledge on the situation despite being below them in status.

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