Color Used In The Movie "Perfume"

by Yulina
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Original Text: Color Used In The Movie Perfume


In the movie perfume by Tom Tykwer uses synesthesia to provoke the sense of smell from visual sensation. One of the characters of the cinematography is that it cannot directly show the sense of smell to the audience. However, the main theme of perfume is about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille obsessing creating perfect scent. The director, Tom Tykwer uses primary colors that make significant contrast with achromatic color background stimulating the audiences’ brain by having their own illusion of smell. When movie starts the audience smells sticky raw fish smell by seeing abandoned fish market which is full of achromatic colors such as black, gray, and white contrasting red blood of fish. During the movie, the bright red rose, screen full of purple lavender field, and bright red color of female character’s hair brings out feast of scent to the audience. At the end of the movie, he wears bright color of blue contrasting from black background and he pours his perfect perfume on him. The mystery of the scent arose from the audiences’ mind when people see the light centers the Jean-Baptiste’s bright blue jacket. The movie Perfume use color Contrast between achromatic color and color create the feast of imaginary smell to each of the audiences.

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Revised Text:

In the movie "Perfume", Tom Tykwer uses synesthesia to provoke the sense of smell from visual sensations. One of the characteristics of the cinema is that it cannot directly stimulate the sense of smell in the audience. However, the main theme of perfume is about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille who is obsessed with creating the perfect scent.

The director, Tom Tykwer uses primary colors which significantly contrast with an achromatic color background, stimulating the audiences’ brains to have their own illusions of smell.

When the movie starts, the audience smells sticky raw fish when seeing an abandoned fish market which is full of achromatic colors such as black, gray and white contrasting the red blood of fish. During the movie, a bright red rose, the screen full of purple lavender fields, and the bright red color of a female character’s hair brings out the feast of scent to the audience. At the end of the movie, Grenouille wears the bright color of blue, contrasting with the black background and pours his perfect perfume on himself. The mystery of the scent arises in the audiences’ minds when we see the light center on Jean-Baptiste’s bright blue jacket.

The movie "Perfume" uses contrast between achromatic colors and bright colors to create the feast of imaginary smell to each in the audience.

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