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  1. Macbeth

    Moreover, his thoughts of murdering Duncan "If th' assassination/Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, With his surcease, success" proves him to be a greedy and virtueless person. However, although Macbeth had evil thoughts of harming others, it does not change the fact that he is still basically a good man with both moral and conscience. After murdering Duncan, In order to be a tragic hero, a person has to be neither thoroughly good nor evil. Even though Macbeth is basically a good man, his flaws cause him to commit some crimes that will ruin his peaceful life and will lead him into his tragic downfall.

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  2. Compare 3 film openings of Shakespeare's Macbeth

    Everything around the witches is dead or dying, which gives us a feeling of despair. It also makes viewers think that the witches make everything die whenever they go near or touch anything, which suggests that if they go near Macbeth, he will die. I think that the director showed everything around as being dead because he wanted to show the viewers that were evil, although outside of events and circumstances. We next see a close up of the witch's cauldron. It's bubbling violently as they're listing the ingredients to put in. They then start chanting.

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  3. My first choice has to be the "Road to Perdition", with its unique and eccentric shootout scene, without a doubt it has to be

    He had been shot! This dramatic change in atmosphere is quickly revealed with the camera zooming out rapidly, replicating the tempo of this scene. A mysterious, ghostly flashing light emerges from the darkness. The camera quickly moves from the light and into the faces of Paul Newman's body guards, again mirroring the speed of the scene. A guard dramatically falls to the floor.

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  4. Analyze the differences between the 2006 BBC version of Macbeth and Shakespeare's version. Comment on how the story has been changed to suit the demands of a modern day audience and review the T.V adaptation.

    In the third paragraph I'm going to write about how well the two versions show Lady Macbeth's change from sanity to madness and how the new version by the BBC have used camera effects to show this change. I think that the BBC have done a very good job of changing the script written by Shakespeare (in old English) designed for the stage into a film script and into modern day English and into the 21st century. I think that the best change within the script is the three predictions that the witches gave because in the BBC's version the

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  5. How does the director appeal to the emotions of the viewers in the Sixth Sense

    Cole brings back this fact about him from the ghosts of the people he sees. The teacher had lost his stutter but Cole brings it back.coec ecr seececw orec eck inec foec ec. At the start of the scene the teacher is talking in a very confident voice, he is very assertive and calm. The camera angle also reflects this as it is set at the back of the class from the perspective of a pupil, it shows all the pupils looking at the teacher. This acts as a total contrast to what he used to be like when he had his stutter.

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  6. Macbeth Coursework

    Shakespeare managed to make the witches seem evil by using a variety of techniques. One way was by giving the witches scary looking costumes. This could be achieved by wearing dark, worn out clothes and having dirty matted hair. Make-up could be worn to make them ugly and give them warts and blemishes on the face to make them seem unclean and unhealthy. Banquo says that they: "Look not like th'inhabitants o'th'earth." This would have made the audience think of them as demon like creatures as they were 'not of the earth'. This description would have scared them even further.

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  7. Coursework Question: Discuss how successfully 'Twelve Angry Men' works as a thriller despite the limitations of setting and ch

    There are four dominant characters in the film, juror no.3- Lee J. Cobb, juror no.4- E.G Marshall, juror no.8- Henry Fonda and lastly juror no.10- Ed Begley. Juror no.3 is a very aggressive irritated man who has no doubt that the boy is guilty simply based entirely on his personal emotional feelings rather than facts. Throughout the film the audience gets to know about the history of juror no.3, about his wrecked relationship with his son and his hatred over children. He believes that children don't have enough respect for their parents, he quotes to the rest of the jury, 'kids these days, huh, when I was a kid I use to call my father sir'.

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  8. Show how two different directors present the opening/witches scenes.

    As the camera goes in for a close up the mysterious shapes begin to move. Along with their slow movements they start to unfold and to rise and the music increases in volume and pitch as if reflecting the movement of the shapes. It soon becomes clear that these bundles of rags are in fact women. They are the weird sisters or witches in the play and they are shown in this version as old and ugly. The director has chosen to present them as unattractive and menacing and everything about this scene is threatening and ugly and makes the audience feel uncomfortable impact on the audience.

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  9. Jaws

    When the music is really loud and fast the shark attacks but we don't see the shark. When the shark has attacked the boy, the music goes unadulterated silence. The director done a very good job with the music because when he makes the music go louder, faster and thrilling theme it really builds up the audience's attention and apprehension from the shark. Steven Spielburg uses a wide range of camera techniques and the second attack is a good example.

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  10. The presentation of the witches in the opening scenes is crucial to the atmosphere of Macbeth. Compare how Act 1 scenes (i) and (iii) are presented in two different versions of the play. Which do you feel has the greater dramatic impact? Explain why.

    Hence, Macbeth's ambition helps him to kill. In today's society witchcraft is nothing more than an old wives tale. They are now only fairytale characters and are unimportant to us. In the process of being able to answer this question I had to view two different versions of this play. The more traditional version stays with the original text and was by BBC, which is more dated. The more modern version has to eliminate some of the original text and was directed by Ann Ross Muir, which is more updated and in order to attract a modern audience cannot be fully faithful to the original text of Macbeth.

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  11. The presentation of the witches in the opening scenes is crucial to the atmosphere of Macbeth. Compare how act 1, scenes (1) and (3) are presented in two different versions of the play. Which do you feel makes the greater dramatic impact? Explain why.

    The BBC production was an old fashioned version and was set in medieval Scotland in the 11th century and followed a more traditional style. The version directed by Anne Ross Muir followed a modern route in trying to make the play more understandable. This was achieved by making the play have modern qualities, which people can relate to The BBCs was set in Scotland, at the time of war, when the monarchy was not a stable establishment. The first scene was set on a heath in the middle of no where which was smart of the director because it really had an impact on the viewer because of the darkness and almost mysterious place it was set.

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  12. How do different productions of "Macbeth" convey the themes of the play and portray the witches?

    This then dissolves into a shadowed set consisting of 3 figures (the witches) and some rocks. The dissolve links the two scenes because it merges them together and links the witches with mystery and evil. There is a zoom into the mist, which creates turmoil and confusion, and then this fades into the cauldron, which is bubbling. This connotes the idea of creating life from water, which would be supernatural. The cameraman keeps using zooms and jump shots to create confusion and this is put together by the editor to create a short montage of the sculpture which is brought to life by the witches.

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  13. Macbeth, Act 1 Scene 1

    Polanski had a lot of material from the original script of act 1, scene 1 which he could use to perceive that the witches are evil to the audience. For instance, it says in the stage directions at the start of the scene that there is thunder and lightening. He could use this to show evil as thunder and lightening is often thought to be of a bad and perhaps evil nature. The witches lines themselves are short, and some of them rhyme.

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  14. A study of Macbeth's witches in two films.

    The opening of Orsan Well's Macbeth shows a total absence of any bright colours to produce an eerie atmosphere . The scene is gloomy one that creates a sad atmosphere . the dark misty foggy clouds creates a scene of vagueness and symbolizes the obscurity of the goings on . such a scene puts me , as an audience on the right mood , he made us meet the witches at the top of the hill such a secluded place for sure is a suitable place for strange happenings .

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  15. I am going to examine the two different ways that the witches are presented in the film versions by Trevor Nunn and by Roman Polanski.

    Whereas nowadays most people don't believe in witches, that is why this scene would have more impact on Shakespeare's audience What they are doing is digging a circle in the sand; this seems something to do with a coven because most ritual ceremonies are performed in circles. We are surprised to see this in the play because it does not happen in the text, and after digging the circle and hollowing it out, they start to take things out of their bags and they take out a hand, which I think represents Macbeths hand and they are casting a spell

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  16. The Essence in Long Day's Journey into Night: The Director's Notes.

    The director's notes enhance the quality of the play. The director's notes help the reader or viewer imagine a clear view of the setting and the theme of the play. They are not merely stage directions, as in Shakespeare's Othello - in Long Day's Journey into Night, they complement the author's intentions the reader is able to learn the meaning of the play, and also the reader is assisted in learning about the themes, setting, motivation, and the character's personalities.

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  17. Discuss the importance of the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    He don't not use typical things like thunder and lightning instead he used fog and a misty settings when the witches are around, sometimes rain Prologue The story begins with thunder this would be very scary to a Shakespearean audience and it suggests to the audience and dangerous and uncontrollable power where as in Polanski's version he begins with no thunder and just a misty rainy sort of weather. They start talking about where they should meet Macbeth notice how they already know his name showing there power and knowledge.

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  18. Examine a scene from Macbeth both film and text versions. Comment on how well you think the cast conveyed the subject matter and write down how you would direct the scene if given the chance.

    In 1582, when William was only 18, he married Ann Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer. Shakespeare fled Stratford soon after when he was caught poaching in the St. Thomas Lucy's local deer park. Shakespeare and Hathaway had a daughter in 1583 and a set of twins in 1585, although the male twin died. He then travelled to London with an acting group, as the group's last member was murdered, he saw this as a good way to get a job and also stay clear of the diseases that were rife at the time, here he made his career in drama.

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  19. Discuss the openings scenes of the Polanski and Welles' film versions of "Macbeth", considering their use of audio and visual techniques and their presentation of the witches. How do you personally respond to them?

    It illustrates a dead tree (which carries on from the dead/hell theme) and a large rock. On the large rock there is a silhouette of three withes grouped round a cauldron. Directly behind them is a bright light on a dark background: this is so you focus on the withes. The lighting in this scene is misty, making the place seem like a surreal underworld where your nightmares take place; also the sombre music adds to this. It makes the viewer feel anxious. The dark silhouette of the witches is on a light background.

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  20. Describe in detail how I would if I had the chance direct Act2, scene 1, Macbeth - I will include lighting, camera angles and props.

    For me to direct this scene in the correct manner, then there would have to be a lot of repetition, emphasis on important words aswell as having many different camera angles. These three and other extras such as language will combine to put feeling and pain into you by sending it through Macbeth. You would hopefully feel in touch with his character more than ever. These advantages were not available for Shakespeare and there for it should be better watching it through the cameras and seeing the emotion close up.

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  21. Analyse each Directors choice of setting for the three films (all versions of Macbeth) - Explain what you think the director is trying to achieve in each case and how effective you believe him to have been - Refer to the idea you think the director has ab

    There is a panning shot of a junkyard then we zoom down into it where the opening scenes are set. By setting the play in a junkyard the director hopes to portray the witches, who are the main characters in the opening scene, seem separated from civilisation. Objects like burning cars, lying about the yard, help to create the feeling of chaos and disorder. The Orson Wells version of Macbeth has been filmed exclusively in black and white and this helps to accentuate the supernatural aspect of the film.

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  22. Direct a production of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" focusing in on act 1 scene 1.

    It is also ironic that this "reward" is what tempts Macbeth to be disloyal and betray his king, friends and his people. Before this happened, Macbeth had met with the 3 witches on his return from battle. They had given Macbeth 3 predictions, that he would become Thane of Cawdor, that he would become king and that his friend Banquo's sons would become king in the future. Macbeth however was not content to wait for these actions to occur. When his wife Lady Macbeth heard of Macbeth's predicted success, she came up with a cunning plan for Macbeth to kill King Duncan.

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  23. The play Macbeth is a tragedy, dealing with the downfall and death of the main character.

    Witches were expected to be evil and ugly looking by the audience. Shakespeare would have often have used sound effects to create storms as the people of that day and age often associated witches with storms. I am now going to examine and analysis Shakespeare's presentation of the witches. It is significant that when the very first scene opens there are witches on the stage. This immediately shows the audience that the play has an evil theme. The witches have immediate impact on the play from the very first scene as they are already rhyming and using metaphors, repetition and alliteration etc.

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  24. Can One of the dilemmas facing a modern day director in the presentation of the witches is making them seem menacing to a modern day audience. In Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    This is effective in giving making them seem more dangerous to modern day audiences as they genuinely possess the physical strength to harm younger audiences. The though the script of the 1998 Channel films version of Macbeth remains faithful the original Macbeth the appearance of the witches does not. However, both of them have the same impact on their very different types of audiences, successfully giving them the role of the instigators of the crimes to be committed. Cultural differences meant that Akiro Kurasawa had to use the Japanese equivalent of a witch in order to evoke a similar emotional response from the intended audience that European audiences would feel towards the witches in Macbeth.

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  25. Act 1 scene 1 of "Macbeth" the Scottish tragedy.

    Polanskis' method of using sounds enables us to feel we are on the beach when these evil wrong doings are happening. The scene begins with the sound of bells, which indicate people might be going to church. This would mean nobody would be able to see the witches making their way to the beach. Then there are a lot of sounds, which create a tense atmosphere e.g.: coughing, scraping, grunts and earth being moved. This makes us feel frustrated because we cannot hear what the witches are saying under their breath.

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