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Explain at least two ways in which ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ entertains the audience and keeps them interested.

The epic movie, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, directed by Frank Darabont is a compelling film that has entertained and kept audiences interested for years. The ways in which the film does this is through the use of emotive language, contrasting of colours (lighting), settings, effective camera angles, sound effects and engaging music. These techniques are effectively used to convey the ideas/themes of hope, courage, corruption, power of the mind vs. power of the authority and many more.

In the opening scene of the film Andy Dufrene, the main character in the film, is in a court room being trialed for the murder of his wife and her lover. In this scene Andy is portrayed as a cold, emotionless, heartless man. This is accomplished through the use of emotive language by the prosecuting lawyer. The lawyer points out to the jury that the killer, presumably Andy, fired six bullets reloaded the gun and then fired another two bullets into the couple. This was done to assist the lawyer in making Andy look like a cold-hearted person. Back-and-forth close-up camera shots of Andy and lawyer add intensity to the scene, while the lawyer questions Andy. Andy’s responses are short, almost sarcastic, and seem to show no remorse if he indeed did commit the double murder. The constant flashbacks to the night in question reinforce and give the viewer a visual image of the details being given by the district attorney. In the flashbacks, there are close-up camera shots of Andy taking a gun out of his glove-box and loading it, with a bottle of alcohol on his lap half finished. A low-camera shot of Andy’s foot as he gets out of his car, shows that he is inebriated as he is stumbling, it also shows Andy’s alcohol bottle shatter when he drops it, as he is walking towards the house. The music that is played in the background of both the trial and flashbacks is eerie to add...
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