Frames of Preference: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a DreamIn honor of its recent addition to Netflix, I would like to recognize the movie Requiem for a Dream. The story of four people who destroy their dreams with drugs, Requiem for a Dream is a beautiful movie. The film score features one of the best musical numbers of any movie I have seen, the song “Lux Aeterna”. This particular frame shows a close-up of the two main characters. In this scene, the two of them are high on heroin. The lighting and the orientation of this frame shows that the two of them are lost and have no idea where their lives will head. Symbolically, Marion’s art is scattered, as her aspirations of becoming an artist are ancillary to the thrill of heroin.


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