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Both the cinematography and editing often have an important role in portraying to the viewer the underlying themes and ideas being communicated by a particular films plot David Finchers film Fight Club is an excellent example of how various editorial and cinematic effects can greatly reinforce the themes of a film as well as create the an appropriate atmosphere in order to further enthrall the viewer into its plot In Fight Club the protagonist unknowingly has a severe split personality disorder and is portrayed by two characters the narrator played by Edward Norton and Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt While the fact that these two are actually the same person is not made known to the viewer until the end of the film the majority of the film is spent creating a dichotomy between the behaviors and ideals of these two characters in order to shock the unsuspecting viewer upon discovering the truth about the protagonist In a larger sense the differences between the protagonists conflicting personalities reflect differences inherent in the entire social structure of modern America In making Fight Club David Fincher as well as the films entire production team use a great deal of editing effects and cinematography in order to illustrate the dichotomy between not just Tyler and the narrator but also their conflicting ways of life One of the most important methods used in showing the differences between the narrators stereotypical yuppie lifestyle and Tylers self destructive anti-establishment driven compulsion is the lighting and color used in various scenes throughout the film Places such as the narrators condo and workplace are always well lit and seem to be in perfect order The color schemes of such places as well as the outfits worn by the narrators coworkers and neighbors usually consist of neutral non-flashy colors such as whites and gray and seem generic and typical Also these places appear clear and crisp as though they were shot as fine
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