Analysis Of 12 Angry Men By Sidney Lumet

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Director Sidney Lumet’s eminent film 12 Angry Men offers an inside perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the American judicial system. This magnificently written and intensely effective courtroom film surrounds the case of a fictitious, teen “criminal” who faces the death penalty. The case explains the moral predicament of choosing between bigotry and prudence. Lumet captivates his audience by the way he is able to produce suspense, without ever unveiling the crime completely. Moreover, he uses elements of literary design to create phenomenal characters and an eerie setting, through dialogue and an unconventional structure. Furthermore, Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men discusses the issues of prejudice obstructing truth, while the conflicting relationships between the characters progress due to the unpleasantly close setting of the jury room. An integral part of every motion picture is characterization. Because of the simplicity of the movie, 12 Angry Men depends heavily on its use of characters and their personalities than most other films, due to the absence of special effects and the limitation of only two sets. Likewise, the dialogue is essential to the movie and to the characterization, considering that each member uses different styles and vernacular. In the early scenes of the film, the introduction of essential characters is simultaneous. Nevertheless, as the story develops, tension becomes copious. The immediate evidence in the film leads everyone, including…

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