Film Analysis Of The Shawshank Redemption

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Introduction:
Shawshank Redemption is directed by Frank Darabot, published in 1995 Australia. The film focusses on the theme of forgiveness and escape. It follows an unusual friendship between Andy and Red set in a 1930’s American prison. The main focal scenes explored include: Brooks suicide and Tommy’s death. The film is to be narrated by Morgen Freeman (Red), it shows the 20 year period of Andy’s imprisonment. As a part of the analysis emphases on the scenes as it introduces the audience to the Shawshank prison and Andy’s first moments when attends to the prison to the very moment when he escapes to Mexico.

Theme 1: Brooks Suicide
Describe the scene:
This scene shows Brooks Hatlen, an older inmate, who has served his 50 year
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“Some birds aren’t to be caged. Their feathers are too bright”
Film Techniques:
The first key moment of this scene is where we are shown a wide shot of Brooks sitting alone feeding the pigoens. The wide shot reveled that he was alone and isolated. There was then a close up on his face and we could see his expression and the way he hung his head downward. The way he was holding his body gave the audience the feeling , that he might have been dealing with sadness and depression from the start.
A particularly interesting scene comes at the moment of Brook’s suicide, the movement is used at first makes the audience unsure what is going to happen to Brooks, there is a close up of his shoes standing on the stool and for a moment, the audience are unsure of what is going to commence next. His statement says “I have decided not to stay. I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crock like me” this indicate the meaning of how he is going ‘away’, but the darkness and music of the scene says otherwise.
There is then a close-up of him writing “brooks was here’ on the wall, which briefly tranquillize the audience when seen that he’s simply carving the message. There is a camera angle taken from behind bars in the
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