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How does Peter Medak gain the viewer's sympathy for Derek Bentley in this film?

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Introduction

How does Peter Medak gain the viewer's sympathy for Derek Bentley in this film? I think that Peter Medak made the film "let him have it" to show his views of Capital Punishment. He does this in many ways by showing the court case to show how unfair the sentence and also to show some things of Derek Bentley's point of view. The story starts with Derek Bentley under a pile of rubble of his house in World War 2 and some people hear a voice under the rubble and so they take away the rubble releasing Derek Bentley under there looking shocked and moving his head. ...read more.

Middle

The beginning of the story begins with the camera shooting from a long shot of Derek's house and then zooms in to his family and his sister. Also the music is a very sad piano music playing in the background. Derek has a positive relationship with his sister and Derek's sister helps Derek get better by putting music on and dancing with him so he can feel better. The camera is always at a mid shot when Derek dances with his sister. Derek's sister also talks to Derek, so if Derek wants to say something then he can speak to his sister. When Derek is around with his sister, this gives us an impression that he's more like a family man and that his sister and him are really close. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows to the audience that Craig is over confident and also that he is proud of being connected with the underground and has criminal connections. Craig is always rude to people and always swearing at people. These give the audience the impression of not liking Craig because of his attitude and swear words. Peter Medak introduces Derek Bentley as being a gentle man and loving his family. In the film it shows that Derek Bentley is always around his family and sometimes we see a frame of his family sitting on the sofas watching T.V. Derek Bentley loves music and his favourite music is wheel of fortune and always in a happy mood. Peter Medak also introduced Derek as being scared of going outside because he gets scared and also he is too shy around new people. ...read more.

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