Sin City (Use of Color)

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Sin City and The Use of Color

There are many aspects in film today that help make it what it is. A film couldn’t live up to it’s full potential without lighting, sound, and actors. However, quite possibly one of the biggest advances in film was the introduction of color. Nothing brings a movie to life more than seeing every hue of the rainbow. Today’s world demands the use of color in film, but is very underrated. For the most part, every film is different and uses color in many ways to please the audience, but there is one film in particular that uses it very differently. That film is Sin City (Frank Miller, 2005). While normally a movie is shot in full color, Sin City is shot in black and white, and then color is later added. The use of color in Sin City is used to differentiate characters, foreshadow events, and to set the mood for scenes to come.

Out of all the colors used in the film, the most common is red. It is used to show a variety of things from violence to blood, to differentiating the heroes from the villains. Furthermore, one of the most interesting uses of red, and probably one with the deepest meaning, is seen in the scene between Marv and Lucille when they are trapped inside Kevin’s bunker. Marv’s face is completely scathed, due to the fight he has with Kevin, and the only color the audience sees is the red blood on his face. During the scene Marv approaches Lucile and gives her his jacket, and that is when the audience first see’s the blood on his face. The only color is red. It has a variety of meanings in the film, such as violence and murder, but in this scene it means something else. Red shows the courage and the warrior inside Marv. He’s doing whatever he can to get them out and eventually does. Throughout Marv’s story the marks never go away and his blood is always shown by red. The significance of it is to show that although Marv is a…...

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