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In the film "Witness" starring Harrison Ford, producer Peter Weir has created two different worlds with different value systems. He has done this through the use of juxta-positioning, camera angles set at different heights and the process of character development. In the Film, John Book played by Harrison Ford plays the parts of detective, protector, and refugee, all to solve the murder case of another Police Officer. The only witness to the murder is 7-year-old Samuel who is unofficially under Books protection against everyone from corrupt cops to the murderer. In the film "Witness" starring Harrison Ford, the producer, Peter Weir, has created two different worlds with different value systems. He has done this through the use of juxta-positioning, camera angles set at different heights and the process of character development. In the movie, John Book (Harrison Ford) plays the parts of detective, protector, and refugee, all to solve the murder case of another Police Officer. The only witness to the murder is 7-year-old Samuel who is unofficially under Books protection against everyone from corrupt cops to the murderer. The two worlds that Peter Weir creates, and tries to communicate their differences to us is the traditional Amish society as appose to our modern contempory society. The Amish society follows an unwritten rule of others before self. This is demonstrated during the stereotypical, Hollywood famous barn-building scene. During the scene we see Daniel, a member of the Amish society, putting aside his dislike for John Book throughout the task of the barn building. He helps Book work and shares his lemonade during a short interval in the work. He prioritises the task of helping his community to finish building the barn over his personal disagreement with Book over Rachael's attentions. The only time during the scene where we see any hostility between the two characters is during the lunch break where the goal of building the barn is put on hold for the...
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