Comparison Between Nottinghill and Love Actually

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How far do the narratives of love actually and notting hill communicate similar values and messages 40 marks 50 mins exam

Love actually is a film directed by Richard Curtis and is a Working Title film, released in 2003 and is presented as a romantic comedy. The film is set in London and follows a period of five weeks and outlines the story of eight, intertwined people and aims predominantly to explore the complexities and importance of the most important emotion of all: love. Some of the characters touched upon in this film are David (Hugh Grant), the classically attractive newly elected Prime Minister, who controversially finds himself falling for his newly appointed young maid Natalie (Marine McCutcheon). Mark (Andrew Lincoln), a dedicated photographer who falls in love with his best friends newly wedded wife Juliet (Keira Knightly), who takes no interest in him and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary. Similarly NottingHill is also a Working Title film presented as a romantic comedy, released four years earlier in 1999 however. This film is also set in London, with much of the same cast being used, however this film is centred around the story of two characters love in particular, not focusing on every other story line within. The pair of lovers focused on in this film are William (Hugh Grant) and Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), who find it increasingly difficult to form and maintain a relationship due to such a difference in their lifestyles; with ‘Anna’ being a movie star and ‘William’ being a simple book shop owner.

There are a number of key elements which are presented to us in these films, including Comedic aspects, various filmic devices such as: varying camera angles, Mise en sen, juxtaposition and performance, as well as the obvious prominence of ‘British society’ within the film. Each of these things are used in…...

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