Most feature films are made to position viewers to respond to the characters and issued conveyed in a particular way. The Hurricane, a biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, explores the idea how black people were treated during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960’s America. This film uses Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter as an example of the discrimination against black people suffered in this time. The director used SWAT codes to position the viewer to respond to he injustice that Rubin Carter faced and his determination to prove his innocence.
Symbolic Codes were intertwined into the film to give the viewer a visual impact which positioned them to respond in a particular way. Rubin Carter, the main protagonist who was a famous boxer, started crying during is solitary confinement in jail for 90 days in a small, dark cell. This shows the viewer that a strong man like carter can be brought to tears due to unfair sentencing for three homicieds he did not commit. When the Hurricane went to court for his first fair trial, he passed Della Pesca, a racist white cop and enemy of Carter, a superiority smirk. This symbolic facial expression showed that the boxer was confident of being set free and disappoint the racist Della Pesca who was behind him being wrongly convicted. During Rubin Carter’s first court attendance, the judge said, “You are awarded a full and fair trial”. The boxer, after hearing this, looked at the Jury Table. There were only white Jurors. This piece of evidence shows that the protagonist was not given a fair trial. These were the ways Jewison used to explore the effect in justice had on Rubin Carter.
Audio codes are another ingredient added to Jewison’s recipe to The Hurricane. This includes sound effects, background music and dialogues. Without using audio codes, the viewer cannot feel the emotion of that particular scene. There was a slow, singles-note piano music when Rubin Carter was brought down to tears during his 90 days solitary...
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