The Film Salon

  Iconic Movie Impact Review 

Understanding Movies That Shaped The Social,

Political and Cultural Way of American Life

 Experiencing More of The Art 
In The Art That's There

 Film Salon 2020

  Where You Question What You See, What You Don't See and Why

  and Imagine Just What Could Be

Lessons In Mise En' Scene 

 Reflections In Societal Anxieties of Our Times

 “a slow descent of the character starts off a little bit off and then just goes down and down and down. By the end of the film, he's completely lost sense of himself.”

Metaphors, Allegories

  and Familiar Images 

" The three bad guys in Joker's subway scene are a metaphor.

For what society is doing, what the politicians are doing, what the government is doing, and what humanity is doing to its own.”

Joker‘s Make-Up Maestro, Nicki Ledermann

Joker‘s Make-Up Maestro, Nicki Ledermann

 'Joker' Subway Scene

Director Todd Phillips/Actor Joaquin Phoenix


" By learning the meaning of colors and shapes, I learned how to interpret the reality of the environment we live in and the subtle messages being portrayed.  It was so interesting to me that I still carry that information with me and I'm still learning lessons from those lessons."

Danny Ochoa


Graphic Communications Arts High School, NYC

In this shot from 'The Joker', passengers (screen-right), pictured in triangular formation subliminally signal that the plot is about to change.