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Week Eight: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

December 12th, 2010 by dcastillo100

A well-known film that I have selected is the 1978 movie, Grease. Let’s take a moment and just analyze the title of the movie. Naming a musical Grease; an oil or fat used or produced in cooking, hair products, or for car engine use. These are all different literal meanings for this one word and genius enough that is how this movie is put together. By this one word the writer brought to life a story that uses its different meanings. The story setting taking place in the 70’s was brilliantly put together, where you had grease being used in hair products, foods, cars, and used in an informal way, being a fast thinker.

Now, lets say there’s a game show and the category was film and the word given was, black leather, first thing that would pop up in my mind is the movie Grease. This film was taken place in the 1970’s and at the time the materialistic trend was having massive amounts of hair products applied in their hair for girls to keep their hair up and for the men to have their hair gelled back. I am not so sure of the state where this story took place but one thing I am familiar with is that car racing has always been popular and grease being used in cars is a form of denotation. In a connotation form, the film uses the term “Grease Lighting”, the meaning for this informal term is one who comes up with ideas quickly. The character Danny Zuco, played by John Travolta, lives a double life because he keeps a strong masculine image with his friends and during his summer vacation he met his summer love and probably met, for the first time, his sensitive side.

His lover, Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, foreigner coming to school for the first time to the U.S. unknowingly meets Danny and doesn’t recognize the “Danny” he met over the summer. As much as Danny wants to show his sensitive side to Sandy he can’t due to his “rep” on campus. In order to keep his summer love around he has to quickly plan how, when, and where to have a good time with Sandy.

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