Analysis Of Capturing The Friedmans

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Register to read the introduction… As the story unfolds, we are exposed to numerous shots taken at the time of the first search of the Friedmans house by the post office officials. "Then postal inspectors, who have been suspicious for some time, discover Arnold is receiving pedophiliac magazines in the mail," (Kauffmann, 24). The books and the magazines stashed next to the piano may have been innocent, but the interview that features the postal inspector describes the stashes of child pornography that he uncovered during the raid suggests Arnold as guilty. It was also in this search that the inspectors began to have suspicions that the crimes could have involved local children who came to the room for music lessons and computer classes. Jarecki successfully emphasizes the situation leading up to Arnold's arrest that he gives the audience such imagery of what was in Arnold's house that we start to believe that he is guilty of sex …show more content…
Jarecki uses editing for persuasion. As the film begins and starts to get going we are exposed to numerous interviews that both support and oppose Arnold and Jesse. Jarecki favorably edits opposing points of view together in order to emphasize the complexity and moral underpinnings of the case. For example the shots when Arnold and Jesse are arrested, during those scenes we see and hear from their lawyer Peter. From there we see views of their trial and views of the lawyer. Andrew Jarecki also keeps the issue of guilt and innocence darkened with the use of editing. As in the part of the film David talks about how his father taught him to follow his dreams, however, the shot cuts off and the viewer hears a detective detailing Arnold's alleged crimes with the boys in the class. The viewer sees not only that the presence of innocence portrayed by David but we see that Jarecki calls into question the polices behavior. The theme of voice appears in scenes involving the Friedman family. In the same way, that imagery and editing is shown to the viewer from different placements in the film. The Friedman family engage in many home videos in which significant conversations of guilt, truth, and lies begin to unfold. "Arnold had a need to confess, …show more content…
Thus each individuals statements are placed in, at times contradictory. For instance, Elaine, in family video shot by David complains to Arnold about his behavior, Jarecki cuts to an early home movie in which Elaine and Arnold amiably frolic for the camera. It continues on with the amount of editing that Jarecki has done. Another few examples which all tie in together with scene after scene. It all starts off with the then present-tense David whom insults his mother's sexual standing; Elaine in the present describing Arnold's foreplay as routine; Howard, Arnold's brother chiming in with an assessment of Elaine's emotional coldness. A great big theme is developed here that has nothing to do with chronology of home movies, context of speech, or relevance to the legal charges placed against Arnold and Jesse. However, the ongoing assertions are surely titillating, and they aid in furthering the larger idea that truth is

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