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Describe, analyse, evaluate and compare the ghost scenes in the two films - The ghost scene in Peter Kosminsky's version of Wuthering Heights is far more advanced than in Lawrence Olivier's version, because it is more modern.

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Describe, analyse, evaluate and compare the ghost scenes in the two films The ghost scene in Peter Kosminsky's version of Wuthering Heights is far more advanced than in Lawrence Olivier's version, because it is more modern. This means that Kosminsky can use a lot of special effects that were not available to Lawrence Olivier. Kosminsky's ghost scene includes a lot of these special effects to enhance the uneasy atmosphere. It starts with Zillah leading Lockwood to a chamber to get away from Heathcliff. There is a raging storm outside which is the only sound except Lockwood's footsteps. This adds to the tension in this scene. The candle that Lockwood is carrying lights up only his face and the rest of his body is in shadow. This adds to the tension and also shows Lockwood's face to be very pale and rather pathetic. The music in the background builds up into a crescendo to make the viewer realise that something is going to happen. This is combined with moments of silence as well as the raging storm and Lockwood's footsteps to make this scene disturbing. There are also a few clever camera tricks which make the viewer think that something is hiding. There is a lot of first person viewing through Lockwood's eyes, which is intended to make the viewer think that they are actually there. ...read more.

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An explanation for the repetition of the ghost scene could be to make the film have a circular feeling to it. By revisiting the scene the viewer will be able to find out what happened to Cathy's ghost. It would also keep the viewer interested because they would perhaps be wondering why it is being shown again. It is also interesting because it is from Heathcliff's perspective instead of Lockwood's, which shows another side to the story. When the scene is shown for the first time the viewer might not understand what it means, but when it is shown again they will. In Peter Kosminsky's colour version of Wuthering Heights the ghost scene is repeated at the end. It is not repeated in the novel by Emily Bront�, so Kosminsky has clearly repeated it in order to bring more originality to the film. There are several differences between the ghost scene at the beginning of the film, and the ghost scene at the end. The most important is that the end scene is viewed from Heathcliff's perspective. This means that the viewer does not see everything that Lockwood saw all over again, which would make this scene predictable. Instead, the viewer is introduced to the scene with Heathcliff asleep on a bed, followed by Lockwood's scream after he has seen the ghost. ...read more.

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The focus is on a romantic feel rather than supernatural and frightening. The main difference to the atmosphere in this version is the weather. The thunder and lightening in the colour version successfully create the evil atmosphere intended, but in the black and white version there is a pretty snowstorm reminiscent of a Disney film. The music is entirely different, and also sounds like something out of a Disney film. This is because it has a lot of string and wind instruments playing, almost like an orchestra. The music helps to create a blissful atmosphere, which is seen through the actors. It doesn't build any tension but it doesn't need to because the atmosphere is relaxing. The actors are not especially scared by the ghost, although that maybe a result of outdated acting. When Lockwood is looking in through the bars of the window the camera focuses onto his face as if someone is looking back at him. This is a clever shot because it gives the impression that something is there without the viewer actually seeing anything. This effect is used again when Heathcliff is looking out through the windows at the end of the scene. The camera alternates between Heathcliff looking out and something else looking in which gives a two-way perspective. The snowstorm and the music are calming so although Heathcliff is upset when looking out of the window, the scene does not have any tension. ...read more.

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