The Dark Knight (2008) is often remembered for Heath Ledger's brilliant portrayal of the Joker. There are a number of iconic scenes of Joker throughout the film, but one of the most captivating moments in the film is only eight seconds long.
The scene occurs directly after the Joker pulls his deadly trick on Batman (Christian Bale) and James Gordon (Gary Oldman) about the locations of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
The Joker escapes from the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) by detonating a bomb inside the police station and drives away in a police car. The Joker hangs his head out of the backseat window. The scene works so particularly because of its sound design -- by drowning out the sounds of the city, the audience is transfixed on the Joker's facial tics. In these eight seconds, we feel like we are inside the mind of the Joker, from him smiling, licking his lips, shaking his face and hair, it's a haunting image.
In our diagram, we examined the movement of the police car down the street. Christopher Nolan captures the zig-zagging police car with a camera that is firmly planted on the side of the door, providing a unique juxtaposition that captures the essence of the film. The Joker lives in a world of chaos but remains steady and calm the entire time. There iss always a method to the madness.
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