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Essay on The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption" is a movie about time, patience and loyalty, which is about how two men serving life sentences in prison become friends and find a way to fight off despair.

The scene I am studying is the one when Andy escapes from the Shawshank prison.

The main actors in this film are Tom Robbins as Andy Dufresne, Morgan Freeman as Red and Bob Gunton as Warden Norton.

Settings are an important factor in a scene. The setting can give clues to what is going to happen next in the film. The setting in this film plays a big part in this film. The settings in the prison can be totally different to the setting in other places. For example the prison cells
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The uniform is very official looking, it is dark, which could represent personality. The uniform has easy access to baton to discipline the prisoners. The guards also wear a cap, so you can't see their eyes. Some people say the eyes is the window to the soul, so by covering the eyes then the guards can only show a firm and discipline side. The prisoners wear a light blue shirt, dark trousers that are denim, denim lasts long and is cheap. All the prisoners wear the same clothes. The numbers on their shirts clears their identity. They are only a number and nothing else. The prisoners have no choice or power. This is why when Andy steals the Wardens clothes and shoes he also steals his power. The audience can see how much power that person has by the clothes he is wearing. If the person is wearing a blue shirt and dark trousers then you can tell that he is a prisoner and has no power, whereas if he was wearing a suit then you could tell that he is the warden and has a lot of power.

Lighting is an important factor in a film, especially in a film like Shawshank Redemption. In the prison cells the only natural light is from the little window. The lighting is very subdued. The cells are usually only half lit. This could signify dark secrets. The poster is always well lit, this
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