How Shopping for a Crib Turns Violent in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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How Shopping for a Crib Turns Violent in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ | Anatomy of a Scene
My name is Alfonso cuaron, I’m the writer director of Rome. This scene takes place deep into the movie. We see our main character: Cleo who’s, a domestic worker working for this middle-class family, 2ct, who’s, pregnant and she’s, been taken to these furniture shop to buy a crib for the baby. It’S clear that there’s a lot of activity – and we stopped – is that there’s a student demonstration going on so as they walked away furniture shop, the walking front of Riot policemen, but also a lot of students. You can see them walking with excitement to join the demonstration. In the background, you can hear different chants in support of Sprint affiliations in different universities around the country, and you hear also how they sing the Mexican national anthem, and all of this is taken from the historical facts. We see a show of some window that has a lot of clocks for sale on display and those are marking the time, and this is important, because this is just five minutes before the story called events place. And I wanted this to be the moment in which the personal and social they come together. You know and historical context also then come together. There’S a certain part of of existence. You feel that you’re under control, but in my point of view, there’s a greater Randomness that puts things together or pull them apart. And finally, the camera is the window and looks down into the street to reveal that there’s a privately Terry group attacking the demonstration and by the way we shutting the place where the events took place. When you see down on the street, we’re occurs in a football field for many weeks before, because it was going to involve stunts and people running, and I didn’t want any accidents. You know if you just improvising at the last moment, because we have plus 1000 Express under Big B Corporation fraud.
Personal emotions intersect with national ones in “Roma,” the Mexican writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s interpretation of his 1970s childhood. In this scene, the pregnant protagonist, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), goes to a furniture store to shop for a crib. On her way, she passes a student demonstration on the Mexico City streets and, while she’s in the store, a paramilitary group attacks the demonstrators, an episode based on the 1971 Corpus Christi massacre when students were killed at a protest.

Narrating the sequence, Cuarón discusses what it took to pull it together, which meant working with hundreds of extras and rehearsing the intricacies of the scene weeks ahead of time on a football field.

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