|A whole relationship is told through taking mugshots and|
H.I Dunnough's and Edwina's short interactions during them.
|In this shot, the wide lens choice highlights H.I's struggle: he is completely|
stuck in a seemingly giant and torn apart room as the criminals flee with his baby
The editing and its synthesis with music greatly contributes to the success of the film as well. For example, in the chase scene when H.I Dunnough is running away from the cops, the cuts are done to the music at a point where the chase just becomes comical. Also, it even progressively escalates in accordance to the music, thus making for a very zany and borderline cartoon-like chase sequence, which is what added so much to the scene. Click to view: "Raising Arizona" Chase Sequence
Last, the characters in the film are so defined and beautifully absurd. Each character has their own character voices as well as their own ticks that add so much to the humour of the story. However, all these characters are at least bound in some reality, a facet many modern screwball adventures seem to forget nowadays. By having these characters somewhat bounded in reality, their tribulations are relatable and the audience is able to feel for these characters despite their antics and by the end feel like they have truly watched something not only entertaining, but also with a great story.
Pic 1: http://www.examiner.com/movie-in-atlanta/raising-arizona-film-slides-picture?slide=34863226
Pic 2: http://artdepartmental.com/2011/02/03/production-design-porn-the-coen-brothers/