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Cape fear-analysis


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Cape Fear

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  1. 1. Cape Fear Analysis
  2. 2. Mise en Scene The water is a big focus and is a distorted image; this could suggest ‘hidden depths’ and a sense of uncertainty. The eagle is ironic as it’s the bird of prey which could foreshadow things that are going to happen later on. The shadowy figures add to the unease and tension that you would expect to find in a thriller. The use of red background could suggest death/danger (associated with thrillers) The child’s eyes and the fact she’s wearing white shows pureness and innocence. Often someone like this features in a thriller film. In the guy’s cell, he has a photo of Stalin. It was debated whether Stalin was a hero or cold-blooded murderer – once again murder is a theme throughout thrillers. The prop use of books and the tattoo shows that he believes in truth and justice. The stormy weather foreshadows that something bad is going to happen.
  3. 3. Editing There is a dissolve used to show the water background becoming blood. Blood signifies death. He has prevalence – it shows he is an important character. Continuity editing follows him in the clip. An eye line match is used to show the door opening – the door is opening to his freedom. He motivates the cuts. The focus is continuously linked back to him which also shows he is an important character.
  4. 4. Cinematography The young girl is first shown through an extreme close up which slowly zooms out into a mid shot. This reveals to the audience who they are listening slowly, in a mysterious way leaving time for them to question and think about who they are about to see. There is a closed frame used which shows this prisoner behind bars when he is first in shot. This gives the impression that he has been locked away for sometime and he must be a bad person to still be seen behind bars. There is a pan which follows the prisoner out of his of his cell, past all of the other prisoners and down the stairs. This gives him prevalence in the shot as he is the most important person in this scene. There is a wide shot showing the prisoner walking away from prison centre of the shot with a storm behind him, which gives the impression that bad things are bound to happed. He walks towards the camera to create a close up of his warn out face.
  5. 5. Sound The non diegetic soundtrack uses string instruments which create an eerie, uncomfortable feel for the audience. This creates an atmosphere for the audience built up of fear and the unknowing of what is about to happen. There is never a constant pace to the music or the same volume for too long as it is a constantly changing soundtrack which emphasises uncertainty. The music reaches a dramatic climax as soon as the title of the film ‘Cape Fear’ appears on the screen, emphasising the point that this is an important moment. As soon as the young girl begins to speak the soundtrack dies down but can still be heard as what the girl is saying is more important. The prisoner who is seen leaving the prison is greeted by silence as he walks out of his cell, into the real world. This silence shows us that he is a respected man who