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Analyse the effectiveness of the techniques used by Colin Schindler to portray the impact of the First World War on a small English village in the screenplay "1914 All Out" Joshua Quigley "1914 All Out" was written by the playwright Colin Schindler after he drove through a small Yorkshire village and saw a memorial commemorating those men who had came from the village, and had fought and died in the Great War. This made him wonder what effects a small loss of lives would have on a small village during and after the war. This inspired him to write the screenplay "1914 All Out" based on a small fictional Yorkshire village called East Grisewald. This screenplay is about the effect of losses in East Grisewald on all the villagers there. Colin Schindler ties a cricket match and the war together. The cricket match, which was played in 1914 just before the war, involved the local young men of the village, and some of the older villagers. The performance of the younger men in the cricket match is later reflected in how well they perform during the war. The main characters in the play belong to the Houghton family. Tom and Margaret are the parents of Ken and Joe. Ken is the older of the two brothers, and his significant other is Jean. The other main characters are: Arthur Hayworth, the landowner in the village; Jack and Hilder Fairbrother, Who are married to each other; Geoffrey Napely, Who is the village doctor; Roger Nicholson and Albert Stapleton. Schindler uses techniques such as music, imagery, dialogue, costumes and propaganda cinema played at various points throughout the play to try and convey how the war affects small rural villages. The music in the screenplay "1914 All Out" is used to create an atmosphere and to reflect the moods and attitudes of the village, before, during, and after the war. ...read more.

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The first quote I am going to look at is when before the war starts, Roger Nicholson says "real French wine and them girls" This shows us that he believes that this war will be some sort of holiday where he can relax and enjoy the French culture. Tom Houghton before the war also says "Aye, it's a just war and no mistake" This here is telling us that he believes that the war is justified and that there was no mistake in going to war. This shows us that he believes that the war is not going to effect them seriously. He may also be a violent and competitive and patriotic man if he believes in sending men off to fight for their country with no real thought of the consequences. The consequences and what they will be for the men fighting, and for the people back at home, and for the whole country. When Ken is going off to war, Tom, his dad tells him "I'm real proud of you" which shows that he is patriotic and proud that his son is going off to war and that he also believes that no real harm will come to his first born son. He also says as ken is going off: "They don't play cricket, they're not to be trusted" This is him telling ken not to trust the Germans because they do not play cricket. This is again showing us that he is not taking the war seriously at all and that he thinks it is just some sort of game and will end up like a game of cricket, with low casualties and everybody happy. As the war progresses people start to try and forget about the war and get on with their daily lives. A villager says "It's odd isn't it, everything's changed, can't even remember what village were like before war started" She is here saying that she can't remember what it was like to have young men working and living in the village, because they have been gone for along time that people have gotten used to it. ...read more.

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This shows that the older generation in a way know that the men fighting the war may never come back, so it is up to them, the older generation, to pass on the tradition of cricket. When Ken dies, Joe takes his place and becomes a father to little ken, Ken's son. This is showing us that life moves on, and even though the villagers have suffered greatly, it must not stay with them and they must start getting back to normal life. In conclusion, we can see that Schindler wrote this screenplay because he saw a memorial commemorating those who died in the First World War. He wanted to find out how a war would affect a village. We can see how he used music to reflect the moods and attitudes of the villagers. He used sad music for dark times, and the piano refrain to create an ominous mood and to show that bad things were to happen. We can see that he used newsreels to show the use of propaganda by the government and how the attitudes of the villagers to these changed through the war, as they became less willing to watch these as they started to realise the truth of the war as more of their loved ones were killed. We can see that he used dialogue to voice the opinions of the villagers, and to show how these opinions changed during the war. The villagers opinions towards the war were positive at the start, but grew to become negative as more people we killed. We can see how he used imagery to put across his views and to give the audience a more in depth look into what was really happening during the screenplay. We can see that a lot of imagery used by Schindler was him saying how stupid people were to be so "welcoming" to the forthcoming war, and how he used imagery to foresee future events, and how the villagers were blind to this. ...read more.

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