Essay Shawshank Redemption Themes

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Frank Darabont directed The Shawshank Redemption and wrote the screenplay based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by author Stephen King. The movie was made in 1994 and produced by Niki Marvin. The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as two convicts serving time in a New England prison named Shawshank. Tim Robbins plays a man named Andy Dufresne, a banker, who gets convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sent to prison in Shawshank. Andy eventually becomes good friends with a fellow convict by the name of Ellis Boyd Redding(Morgan Freeman) who is able to get anything for anyone within reason. The story follows the prison life of Andy Dufresne and his eventual escape from Shawshank's walls. The elements …show more content…
The camera goes through a montage that captures the prisoners’ love for a simple thing such as listening to a record. The montage, consisting mostly of panning shots with a crane shot mixed into it, was made fluidly with the camera moving at the same speed in all the shots. The director, using close-ups that were not utilized in the rest of the film, was able to effectively portray the prisoner’s response to the music. Through introducing a new element to his filming style he draws the viewers in and conveys to them the prisoner’s desire for even something as simple as opera. The lighting in this scene was evenly illuminated, containing no shadows. The director wanted to get the facial expressions and convey their feeling of yearning for simple freedoms. The emotions felt were captured by the filming and best expressed when Andy said “That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you... Haven't you ever felt that way about music?” Darabont tends to take the story at a distance allowing the characters to establish their traits to the audience instead of pushing a barrage of angles at the audience. With the position of the camera being intricately placed in all scenes, the fluid montages, and inventive lighting this film is a perfect example of classical cinema.
The screenplay for The Shawshank Redemption is written so that all dialogue in the movie complements the

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