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In the film The Truman Show by director Peter Weir the viewer is presented with a rural utopia The star of this paradise is a life insurance salesman named Truman Burbank portrayed by Jim Carrey As we go through Trumans day we see how the world literally revolves around him and yet we see that it is not a world at all but a set In fact as the television narrator informs the viewer it is one of the only man-made objects visible from space At the helm of this television marvel is the shows director Christof played by Ed Harris From the beginning the viewers can realize that Christof has been a type of babysitter for Truman - guiding and controlling his life of complete perfection But even in this life of complete happiness and perfection there is an overbearing sense of imperfection of a breaking point looming on the horizon As Peter Weir tries to develop this perfect world within a world he seems to purposefully leave out an important element present in any utopia - that of imperfection Weir conveys this absence of daily strife with the use of camera angles music and lighting Weirs use of camera angles throughout the movie helps to convey the missing imperfection in Trumans world When we begin the day with Truman setting off for work we see the same front-faced view of Truman waving to his neighbors as we saw the day before He drives to work and we see the radio camera as we saw the day before he walks into his work and we see him stopped and pressed up against the same wall talking to the same twins as the day before This repetitive use of camera angles really shows the viewer the monotony of Trumans life While nothing may happen to his physically mentally we begin to see that this consistent life is what begins to tear at him as the
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