“This is the face.”

There will be blood

Scene chosen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHz-zZoBnbc

Daniel Plainview is a profit-oriented man who is obsessed with oil. He does not have any limits to reach his goals: finding oil and becoming rich.

In this scene, the industrialization is well illustrated by the images of the large amount of labor workers, the transportation, the technical arrangement around a natural resource which in this case is the oil. It is also recognizable with the way it is filmed; the first seconds, while D.P speaks, you see the emptiness of the land and then slowly you discover the oil industry and its organization. It is slowing emerging.
In Plainview’s speech to the Little Boston people, he stresses on the importance of family, and promises education, cultivation, agriculture and a new road to the Church.
Although, he appears loyal, wise and thoughtful, the truth is that he only tells them what they want to hear to gain land and make profit.
“I like to think myself as an oilman” He is a man of conquest and feels powerful to be part of this industrialization.

The history of industrialization is depicted as a social destruction. Indeed, throughout the film, the main character will loose his sense and he will be discovered as a man who pursues a life of wealthy solitude.

“I’m an oilman”

Daniel Plainview considers himself an oilman, a true oilman. During the early 1900’s oil became the real goldmine for Americans who were to put in the money. If they have the right spot, the risk versus reward leans towards reward. In There will Be Blood, it skips a substantial amount of time and the time that is skipped is time where daniel is building his empire. Oil or industrialization, is Daniel’s business, it is his life.

Daniel bases his life on finding oil, if he thinks that there is a substantial amount in the ground, he will take his resources and drill it out. In the scene where he declines the town’s offer, i believe that there wasn’t much oil in the ground, thats why he didn’t bother with the towns differentiating views about whether they want to drill or not. But if there was a lot of oil, he would have ignored the talking and tried to reassure them of how good a drilling could be. Daniel is an entrepreneur, he took his money and invested it in something that he knows can make him a lot of money. But it not only affects him, but like the invisible hand theory, affects everyone around him. The moment i believe that is most important is when he gives his speech to the town where the Sunday family resides. I believe this speech justifies Daniels job. He talks about how him drilling the oil well is going to benefit the whole town. The line that got to me was when he said if i start drilling, bread wont be a luxury item anymore. I believe it does do good to the community even though they’re getting ripped off.

Like Daniel explained in his speech, industrialization is shown as progression. Its advancing these towns that have no tourism or any technology and by doing this, its making the united states progress as a whole.


The Oil Boom

The movie commences as Daniel Plainview, a mineral prospector, discovers oil and establishes a small drilling company. Daniel Plainview, along with many from his mold at that time period are seeking to take advantage of Oil during the early parts of the 1900’s

As the movie progresses, Plainview is approached by a young boy by the name of Paul Sunday, who teasingly tells him about what he believes in an on oil deposit under his family’s property in Little Boston, California. Plainview begins to portray the type of character he is as he rudely proposes a ridiculously small amount for the property hoping the family doesn’t know about the Oil. Paul’s brother Eli however does know about the oil and rejects the bargain bid and demands $5000 to fund the local church, of which he is the pastor. As Eli’s dad agrees with Plainview’s bargain price, Eli’s views on Plainview seem ever more skeptical as Plainview illustrates himself as very mistrusting and selfish. An example of why he seems to distrust Plainview is the way in which Plainview completely disregarded Eli’s attempt to bless the up and coming oil extraction point.

Furthermore as Oil production begins, an on-site accident kills a worker. Eli is first to blame the event as a result of not blessing the site.

Rise of the industrialization

In the film, “there will be blood”; it portrays how peoples life were affected by the rise of industrialization and oil boom of the early 20th century. The main character of the the film Daniel Plainview was ordinary digger who was struggling to find a oil. In the early part of the movie, it shows how Daniel’s life was affected tremendously because of the rise of industrialization and oil boom in the early 20th century. Just like Daniel Plainview, many people started to using steam engines and mechanic to use in their work and tries to make a profit out of it. Daniel eventually becomes very successful man because he finds rich oil site and later on he even tries to make more profit by buying the land off  Paul Sunday. While Daniel Plainview starts using men to work for him, accident occurs when the drill fails to work and it drops on worker, therefore killing him. This shows how industrialization brought wealth but it brought misfortune and death to some people. Finding wealth with help of industrialization was big success for some, but it was dangerous and risky gamble for many others.

Life Was Industrialization by Jessica Gianelli

There Will Be Blood focuses on the oil boom of the early 20th century. From the moment that the film begins, this idea that industrialization is the most important part of life at this time is extremely self evident. With barely any dialogue, the first scene to me was one of the most powerful that we have seen thus far in the movie. Tents were pitched all over demonstrating the day in and day out dedication to finding oil within the wells. Digging these wells and discovering oil was life for these men at this time because oil equaled money. And in turn it meant they were able to provide for their families. To me, though, the determining factor for just how important the oil was to them was the camera focusing in on the baby, (whom we later know to be H.W., Daniel Plainfield’s son,) sitting in a bucket crying after the men had all left to begin to pull up the buckets of oil. Immediately, I felt sorry for the baby, and then I came to the realization that although he was crying because he was left alone in a bucket with little attention being paid to him, the reason that he had to be there was so that his father could provide for him. In order for industrialization to progress, this work was necessary. The culminating moment of this scene was when Daniel Plainfield was attempting to console H.W. and make him stop crying and he gently brushed his face and a streak of oil was left. I believe that from this very moment on, H.W.’s life solely revolves around the discovery of oil consequently based on the fact that his father’s revolved around it as well. Industrialization was Daniel Plainfield’s life, and therefore it was H.W.’s, too.

There will be blood by Jie Cao

      1902 as a silver mining workers Daniel Plainview in a chance to open in the next oil deposits, eat the sweetness in 1911 he had suddenly become as Oil Man looking for the source of Petroleum and Minerals.

        The movie has two main lines, one out of a dark. Open wire which began around Daniel Plainview, the director will be a mercenary for the money, the means cruel, inner strength, hate the world vividly screen in front of his gritty, look for targets and resolutely implement the plan, in order to reach the goal at all sweep clear the road of the “robber barons” style chilling.Complement each other, dark lines in the movie, the director focused on a “hypocritical” Christian apologist – Eli Sunday priest, he preached superstitious ideas and to “the prophet of God” in the name spent a lot of effort to conduct their own image building, hearts conceal the brutality and greed, through religion to deceive the public to accept the “subsidy.” Daniel Plainview despise Eli Sunday emotions finally burst in the film at the last minute, he would like to own name, executed Eli Sunday, just as deep in his soul pulled out of a thorn.

         Like with any political force, as the representative of a large oil-capital forces and religious forces despite competing, but also interdependent, in the common economic or political interests before the rivals before a second handshake can instantly lay down their arms cooperation. Films portray these two forces can be described as extremely spicy, always relentless, successful people on the one hand lament the difficulty and expense of cruelty, on the other hand, and fully appreciate the “want to be successful, only the expense of other people” helpless and biting desolate.

          In 1914, the outbreak of World War II, during the war, the United States successfully carried out industrialization and reforms and rapid accumulation of wealth by means of war on the world stage. 10 years after the war is part of the merchant class of 10-year government would no longer interfere in the private sector and legislation to protect, then successfully cleared one by one pioneer history to join the ranks of the capitalists. Represented by Daniel Plainview rise and capital into the industry, as well as Eli Sunday as the representative of the spread of Christianity, such as parallel lines contrast with the general description of the early 20th century American frontier history. The Movie accompanied by the rise of American capitalism and industrial development, and created a general climbed from the bottom of the pioneers in the process of oil tycoon, spanning the Great Depression at the end of the 1930s, with the collapse of the bubble economy broken, humanity finally bloom ugly side.