The Truman Show Essay

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The Truman Show

The life of Truman Burbank has been broadcast around the world with tremendous success since the day he was born. A star for the mere fact that he exists, Truman has no idea that there are cameras in every corner of his world. he has literally been ON television from the moment of his birth. With the honor of being the first child to be formally adopted by a corporation, Truman has had every moment of his existence captured by television cameras. The Truman Show, a worldwide reality series that runs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year, has been witness to his first words, his first steps, his first day at school-- nothing has escaped the attention of his audience. However, Truman
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A studio lamp suddenly falls out of the sky in front of his house. A homeless man resembling his late father (Brian Delate), who supposedly drowned in a boating accident when Truman was a child, tries to make contact but is forcibly removed from the 'set'. Truman's car radio picks up the communications traffic between the 'backstage' people. Despite the attempts of his friends and family to convince him that he is just imagining things, Truman decides that he wants to follow his secret yearning for traveling to Fiji. However, he finds his efforts to leave Seahaven blocked at every turn by mysterious mechanical difficulties, natural disasters, and sudden traffic jams, all placed in his way by the mysterious God-like producer of the show, a man appropriately named Christof (Ed Harris of "Apollo 13").If you can suspend the disbelief of millions of viewers being able to sustain interest in a television show that covers every single moment of Truman's life (no matter how boring it gets), and the ability of Christof to keep him in the dark for so long, then you will find yourself enchanted by this wondrous Capra-esque fantasy. Despite the plot which has been done before (most notably on television series "The Twilight Zone" and "The Prisoner"), "The Truman Show" manages to surprise and delight. The clever screenplay by "Gattaca" scripter Andrew Niccol plays up on the inherent phoniness of televised

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