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In the film The Hurricane by Norman Jewison, the scene we studied in class was when Rubin Carter is in prison for a crime he committed when he was a kid. He began to educate himself in prison and started to do boxing and later he was released from prison. The director’s purpose was to show the audience how Rubin Carter overcame his challenges of racism and prejudice. Racism was a huge challenge for Rubin Carter as he was wrongfully convicted due to racism. He spent half of his life in jail for a crime he did in the act of defence, this was due to racism. The director shows how the character is strong willed and overcomes his challenges and is eventually released. The character also overcomes prejudice as he becomes educated and learns to read and write. The aspects I chose were Dialogue, acting, camera shots and angles. In the film, dialogue is used to show how Rubin overcame his challenge of getting out of jail. Dialogue is what a character says. In some scenes throughout the movie Rubin uses dialogue to overcome his challenge. At the start of the film Rubin used to hate everyone, “I didn’t even speak English, I spoke hate.” This is one of the main reasons why he got himself in jail. As the movie progresses Rubin meets a person called Lesra who completely changes his life. Rubin forgets about hate and learns how to love. At the end of the movie Rubin says to Lesra that, “hate put me in prison, loves gonna bust me out.” One other part of dialogue that got him out of jail was his ‘justice speech’. He said this so that he could enforce the judge’s decision that he was innocent. This showed me that, dialogue is a powerful tool when used at the right time. It also showed me that words can change a person that always hates, to a person who always loves. In another scene one quote that was especially important was “I made up my mind to turn my body into a weapon”. The director’s purpose for this was that Rubin Carter is angry, the only thing he wanted...
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