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How are different aspects of British society represented in the films you have studied for this topic?

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How are different aspects of British society represented in the films you have studied for this topic? In Brighton Rock we are shown several different types of criminal activity, firstly we are introduced to racketeering in the scene where Pinkie goes to a mans house demanding money from him in order for Pinkie to 'protect' him, it is shown to be a violent and very crooked crime to be entering into with Pinkie scaring the man by cutting him and also threatening to wake his wife up. The director John Boulting, also juxtaposes Pinkies gang and Colleoni's by showing their different approaches to racketeering, Pinkie the small time gangster is shown to be very hands on whereas Colleoni simply gets someone else to do his bidding showing how Colleoni is the more experienced and more of a big-time gangster. ...read more.

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Also in From London to Brighton we are shown element of paedophilia with Joanna being taken advantage of which the audience how young people are vulnerable to those who wish to take advantage of them. We are shown another aspect of British society in Get Carter, the director Mike Hodges aims to put forward the idea that at the time the film was set there was a renewed fear about violence with the time the Kray twins being in their heyday and there being a sense of change sweeping Britain which was scaring many nationwide. Hodges portrays this by making Jack at times seem psychotic and possessed when going after his revenge in scenes like when Jack throws Brumby off the car park roof in a brutal act of hatred and passion. ...read more.

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Lastly in Brighton Rock we are presented with the idea of moral panic of crime spilling over into the public, while Boulting also presents us with the fear of 'folk devil', a group of outsiders who are blamed for social crimes. Boulting does this in many ways, firstly in the opening credits while showing the picturesque Brighton full of tourists and happiness the faces of Pinkie and his gang are intermingled with these shots in order to show how the touristy nature of Brighton is under threat. We also get this when Fred is killed by Pinkie, he is killed on Brighton pier, the hotbed for Brighton's tourist activity thus showing how crime is spilling out into the public atmosphere. ...read more.

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