Witness For The Prosecution Film Analysis

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Witness for the Prosecution, a 1957 American courtroom drama is based on a short story by Agatha Christie which deals with a trial of a man accused of murder. This Agatha Christie thriller is a wonderful spectacle through the Ol’ Bailey, the historic London Courthouse. The film has a variety of genres including that of murder, romance, humour and suspense. Billy Wilder, the director and screenplay writer of the film, had originally planned to become a lawyer but opted eventually to write screenplays for motion pictures. He has been successful in staging some splendid courtroom scenes and does complete justice to this adaptation. The setting of this movie heads back to the period after the Second World War. A senior barrister, Sir Wilfrid Robarts, has been approached to represent a man accused of murder. At first, he decides to test the accused man’s defence before taking on the case. During this process, he discovers that the witness’s evidence is too good to be true. When that witness turns on the accused at trial, the barrister’s concerns are exonerated. …show more content…
He says it was"...too neat, too tidy, and altogether...too symmetrical!" His doubt turns out to be true when Christine opens up to him when left alone in the courtroom. She spills out her entire plan of forging letters to a non existent lover and admitting that she herself was the mysterious woman who handed him the letters which then proved her testimony wrong and led to the acquittal. Furthermore, she admits that the only reason why she saved Leonard was because she loves him. Leonard over hears their conversation and under the law of double jeopardy, he coldly tells her that he has met another woman and abandons her. Furious Christine, unable to handle the shock, stabs Leonard to death. But later on, once she is taken away by the police, Sir Wilfrid Robart declares that he will take on her

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