V for Vendetta: Questions for Reflection

V for Vendetta: Questions for Reflection (James McTeigue, 2005)

vExamine the director’s use of interior and exterior spaces in the film. For example, you may begin with Evey’s flat and V’s underground hideout. How do they contribute to the atmosphere in the film? How do they help you understand the themes of the film?

Examine the shots of Chancellor Sutler in the film and comment on how these shots could contribute to your understanding of the film.

From the very first moment of the film, who do you think you identify with? Why do you position yourself so?

Examine the use of colours in the film. How might choice of colours be affecting the you/the audience? Why?

What is the function of “Fingermen” in the story?

What is the significance of Tchaikovky’s “1812 Overture” and Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” in the film?

Comment on the depictions of migrants and homosexuals in the film.

Comment on how V’s voice might be affecting you/the audience.

How is the BTN (London’s TV network) depicted in the film?

What might the film be telling us about today’s world with regard to the following: mass media, governments, surveillance systems?

What might Gordon’s variety show be telling us about mass media, media ownership and artistic freedom?

Discuss the film’s treatment of the concept of reality.

What is the significance of Sutler’s last public statement on TV?

What is the significance of the blowing up of the buildings in the film?

What is the significance of the references to Shakespeare’s Viola in “12th Night”?

Explain and discuss what “fear” means to different people in the film such as Sutler, Evey and V.

Do you think the film has any links to George Orwell’s “1984”? Please examine and discuss.

Write a short essay explaining how repressive and ideological state apparatuses are used in the film.

What might Evey’s Christ-like arms (as she is standing on the rooftop) be symbolising?

Discuss the following lines from the film:

There is a face beneath this mask, but it’s not me. I am no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath them.

He was Edmund Dantes. And he was my father. And my mother. My brother. My friend. He was you. And me. He was all of us.


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