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The name American Splendor brings Irony to the underground comic book series as author Harvey Pekar is portrayed in his movie a cult legend and hero in Americana Naturally this story immediately captivated it unusual character driven background The de-saturated colors and depressing set and costume design was an added character in it self The movie authenticated the works of Pekars life style The story is about a lonely depressed man who battles with the every day life dealing with his dead end job as a file clerk his failing manage and his unusual yet mentally diverse friends Similar to the documentary Crumb Robert crumb the creator of similar controversial underground comic books had an important role to the making of American Splendor comic books Crumbs contributed his illustration to the comic and aided Harvey Pekar in creating American Splendor as how we view it today Sometimes even the best stories on screen may not work if the character doses not exhibit a rich and diverse interaction with other character As the story American Splendor unfolds every character contributed a new element to the movie For example There is scene involving Giamatti and Friedlander as Pekar and Radloff talking non-picturesquely at work which then cuts to the real life Pekar and Radloff now in their sixties having a similarly ridiculous conversation off set about differently colored jelly beans American Splendor Immediately these characters came off as fascinating irritating and odd The Art of Movie Making says scenes that are mood setters are visually poetic and used to establish characters in the context of their relationship with other characters or the environment they inhabit Peacock 66 This scene in the story had established a good character foundation for story development But beyond the script and character development the look of the film through set and costume design is extremely important in telling the rest of story ultimately setting the mood From the beginning of the
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