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Peter Greenaways controversial film The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover deals with infidelity gluttony and an insatiable desire for appetite Through these elements characters are brought to power as well as condemned to humility This movie uses Charles Bresslers idea of the objective co-relative and the way that it is used to imply an emotion or thought that a character is maintaining and brings it to the reader in a subtle manner Also Timothy Corrigans idea of mise-en-scne is used This concept deals with the little elements of a film lighting costume props etc that when are either exaggerated andor put together with another element of the film reveal an implied theme or though much like the previous concept Through these literary and cinematic ideas the movie can be easily taken apart piece by piece In the scene where The Thief Albert Spica is looking for His Wife Georgina there is an element of mise-en-scne that occurs When Albert Spica finds out from his friends girlfriend Patricia that Georgina has been sleeping around with Michael he goes mad and in a fit of rage searches for her destroying whatever comes in his path He begins first at the bathroom This is where the distrust between Albert and Georgina was first initiated and this is the first place he enters When he enters the womens restroom you can see red light coming from the dining room peering through the now open door which is cast on the second stall This ironically was the very stall that Georgina and Michael first had sexual relations The red light points to the stall in a way that through mise-en-scne makes the reader connect this with Georgianas unsatisfied craving for lust The color red floods the room after Albert finishes his rampage This is to imply that the once pure-white bathroom is now spoiled with sin Albert next moves to the kitchen where Richard and he
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