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Compare the opening scenes of two film versions of Great Expectations and review how effective they are in creating and atmosphere of tension

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Compare the opening scenes of two film versions of Great Expectations and review how effective they are in creating and atmosphere of tension. Great Expectations is one of the greatest novels in the "book world", which follows the life story of 'Pip'. Great Expectations was one of the best Dickens novels. It is known all over the world. It is translated in other languages so people everywhere can enjoy the work of Dickens. The story is about a boy called Pip. He is an orphan boy left with no one but his evil sister (or that's the way he sees it). He is shown as an innocent and somewhat naive young boy who is a little immature. "I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly" We learn much more about Pip throughout the story and follow him on his journey to become his dream of a perfect gentleman to gain social class. The book was followed by 2 main films. One was directed in 1944 by David Lean. This was the first adaptation of the book into film since the book had been written in Dickens time. ...read more.

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Both of these shots cause tension because you wonder, how can such a small boy cope in this setting and what will happen to this innocent young soul next? The feature of black and white film gives the film an extra feeling of darkness and tension. It gives the characters more character and gives the audience the felling of darkness and gives a slight shiver down your back. But you can't make this feature a huge thing because if you where to go back to 1944 this would have been normal and this would of not been any more special or out of the ordinary than normal. The sound effects on the Davis Lean version are used to cause great tension. He does this by having the sound effect of howling wind. This does cause the audience tension because it gives you the feeling of a cold felling down your spine making you produce testosterone and this makes you have the feeling of that something is not right for Pip and he may be in danger. Creaking is also used in the sound effects to synthesize the sound of tree swaying vigorously in the wind. ...read more.

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The BBC version is more daring because it is so different from the text. This is more of a risk because you have to create tension else where if there is not text and the BBC has done just that. I think that the BBC is the best at creating tension. I think that actions are greater than words and so I think that even though the BBC version has no text it still manages to create tension so great you can't measure it. I just love the slow motion part because it is s true of how things work. If you are scared you try and block out the surrounding sound and try and listen to something specific and the BBC version shows just that. The BBC version keeps you guessing and so it keeps the mind on the task at hand and I think this created more tension is you are told what is going on. My favourite bit though was how it started in golden fields maybe showing how innocent and lovely Pips life was, and then one caught the camera does a landscape shot showing the dull, dark marshes, this showing Pips old life is over and a new mysterious life begins. Joe Clift 10CE ...read more.

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