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More Human than Human How meaning is constructed in the film The Fifth Element The Fifth Element is a futuristic action move which was produced in 1997 by the famous French moviemaker Luc Besson Also known for films like Leon Nikita The Big Blue and Atlantis Besson was just twelve years old when he wrote the original script of the movie I was just a kid in boarding school I mean boring school dreaming about science fiction and the movies Besson cited in Ryan 1997 p29 recalls Little did he know then that twenty years later his script would turn into one of the most visually beautiful films made in the 20th century The Statement A film cannot be understood We viewers can only construct our own meanings based on our own intelligence experiences and feelings One can argue that all films has a certain message as any contemplated action has but the original meanings or messages are irrelevant due to the millions of totally or slightly different interpretations they are given Therefore meaning is not constructed by the filmmakers but interpretations are by the audience In other words I cannot tell you how Luc Besson constructed meaning but I can show how I interpret the signs given The Plot The year is 2259 a planet-sized sphere of supreme evil is approaching the earth at relentless speed threatening to destroy the earth It cannot bee defeated by usual methods like weapons violence only makes it stronger The only thing that can save earth is divine light which is generated by four ancient stones each representing the elements earth wind water and fire combined with a mysterious fifth element The story is spawn around the search for the five elements which introduces us to Korben Dallas the hero Leeloo the Supreme Being alien Zorg the villain and numerous other characters The Methods In order to successfully interpret
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