Commenting on the Etiquettes, Mannerisms and Language of Courtroom Scenes in Movies.

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Commenting on the etiquettes, mannerisms and language
of courtroom scenes in movies.
Law and Language

NAME: Bir Inder
SUBMITTED TO: DR. PRASANNANSHU
2011/2012

NATIONAL LAW UNIV., DELHI
INDEX
Serial No.| Chapter| Page|
1| Acknowledgements| 3|
2| Introduction and Background| 4|
3| Methodology| 7|
4| Observation table| 8|
5| Keyword graph representation| 13|
6| Analysis & results| 14|
7| Conclusion| 15|
8| References| 16|

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Through this acknowledgment, we express our sincere gratitude to all those people who have been associated with this assignment and have helped us with it and made it a worthwhile experience. Firstly we extend our thanks to the various people who have shared their opinions and experiences through which we received the required information crucial for our report. Finally, we express our thanks to our professor DR. PRASANNANSHU who gave us this opportunity to learn the subject in a practical approach who guided us and gave us valuable suggestions regarding the project report.

INTRODUCTION

The topic which has been given to me for my term paper is to Collect courtroom scenes [scenes concerning law] from movies, comment on the mannerisms, Language and etiquettes. In this, the researcher has been given the task of collecting scenes concerned with courtroom and comment on the authenticity of the scene shown in the movie as compared to a real courtroom. This topic is important in its own way as in the present time; movies and videos are the most influential things of the century which leave a permanent imprint on one’s mind. The reason I chose this topic was so that I could have something new to research upon. My main aim with this research paper is to find out which of the movies, having a courtroom scene, have presented it authentically, i.e. shown the correct mannerism and etiquettes of the specific court. In the project the researcher has taken up scenes and movies for analysis: 1. 12 Angry Men

2. Cry Freedom
3. Inherit the wind
4. Reds
5. The Medusa Touch
6. Philadelphia
The researcher aims to analyse these movies and clips of the courtroom scenes in the movies and then understand the relevance and importance of the behaviour, language and the mannerism of the court. The researcher has also added a school courtroom trial scene also to see the difference and similarities in them. Before the observations i have added below the summaries of the movies so that it’s easy to understand the scenes. 12 ANGRY MEN "12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (Mr. Davis) casts a not guilty vote. At first Mr. Davis' bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors' complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Mr. Davis' attempts in convincing the other jurors that a "not guilty" verdict...
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