• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine the way the two scenes from "The Sixth Sense" are presented in order to maintain the audience's belief that Malcolm Crowe is alive. Evaluate the importance of the two scenes in the film as a whole.

Extracts from this document...


Media Coursework "The Sixth Sense" Examine the way the two scenes from "The Sixth Sense" are presented in order to maintain the audience's belief that Malcolm Crowe is alive. Evaluate the importance of the two scenes in the film as a whole. In the film, "The Sixth Sense", the Director M. Night Shyamalan tries to convince the audience that the child psychiatrist Malcolm Crowe is alive. The film is set in Philadelphia, America, and is about Malcolm Crowe's struggle to save a young boy who sees ghosts. The Director has not created a stereotypical horror story, but a film in the genre of a supernatural thriller. As I evaluate the two scenes, I will examine the subtle ways that the Director indicates that Dr Crowe is dead, how they contribute to the film as a whole, and how he keeps up the illusion that Malcolm Crowe is alive. The first scene I have examined is scene five, where there is an aerial shot of Malcolm Crowe as he walks along the street, next to a muted red building. Later on, I will be describing how the colour red symbolises ghostly activity, together with how this manifests itself throughout the film. The aerial camera shot indicates that something otherworldly is watching Dr Crowe, and this presence is there for the entirety of the film. The next shot is of Lynn, Cole's mum, and Dr Crowe. Lynn is staring at her hands, and, as Cole enters the scene, both adults look up. The manner in which the two people sit, and the way in which they act when Cole comes into the house, gives us the impression that they have just finished a conversation. When Lynn was looking at her hands, we could believe that she was upset and hurt by the things that Malcolm revealed to her, however, on closer examination, we can see that Lynn never actually looks directly at Malcolm, but straight past him, or at her lap. ...read more.


Another scene that shows their relationship in a contrasting light is when Malcolm comes home one evening and finds the video of their wedding playing on the television. The bridesmaid on the video is talking to Malcolm, telling him that he has to look after Anna. After feeling sad about how he has been neglecting her Malcolm goes upstairs and finds Anna in the shower. Seeing her reflection in the mirror, when she is completely unaware of his presence, realistic or ghostly, he notices a bottle of anti-depressants in the medicine cupboard. This shocks him, and the reality of how neglected Anna has been feeling comes crashing down on Malcolm. Atmospheric music builds up in the background as Malcolm leans against the cupboard, in both shame and sorrow. The music never gets too loud, but loud enough to be able to hear it clearly. Another significant relationship is that shown between Cole and his teacher. During a history class, Cole puts his hand up in order to answer a question, about what their school building used to be used for. Cole says that it used to be a place where they hanged people. A boy at the chalkboard, writing down everything that is being said, stops and stares at Cole. The teacher tries to correct Cole and he looks at Cole patronisingly, but Cole tells him not to. While the teacher is getting more confused, and Cole is getting angrier, he reveals that his teacher used to stutter, and that he was called Stuttering Stanley at school. This information shocks the teacher, as he is unable to comprehend how Cole has knowledge of this. He starts getting nervous, and as Cole covers his eyes in an attempt to hide from the looks that the rest of the class are giving him, as well as the look from his teacher. We get an extreme close up of Cole's mouth, and see him repeating the teacher's former nickname over and over again. ...read more.


The strong red of the tent indicates the amount of ghostly activity in that area. Also, at Malcolm's house, the doorknob on the door leading to the basement is red, and light appears to be reflected into in, representing a depth of ghostly presence. The door leads to the basement, where Malcolm keeps his files. In the final scene, a table, obviously put there to prevent access to Malcolm's past life has blocked this same door. In the first scene that Cole meets Malcolm, he follows Cole into a church, and a camera shot shows that the large doors are red, with black studs in them. Red is important throughout the film, because it gives the audience something to relate to when they watch the film. At the beginning of the film the Director makes us believe that Malcolm survived the bullet wound and recovered. In the final shot of the first scene we see an aerial shot pulling back higher as Malcolm's spirit is taken, but the first shot of the second scene would indicate that Malcolm survived and is now trying to redeem himself and his professional career. Malcolm is sitting on a bench contemplating the similarities between Vincent's and Cole's health reports. The Director hoodwinks you into believing that Malcolm never stopped working, apart from to 'recover' from his wound. In conclusion, the link between the two scenes I have been evaluating, together with the rest of the film, show the different techniques that the Director utilises, particularly but not exclusively in scenes 5 and 6, to make it appear that Dr Crowe is alive, when in fact he has been expunged. The Director juxtaposes with skill and precision the reality and normality with the supernatural and other worldly ghostly arena. Some of the techniques used to epitomise this ghostly presence include aerial camera shots, mis-en-scenes with the colour red, and the different people Malcolm appears to interact with, especially Lynn and Anna. Mrs Crook 2nd February 07 Alex Doyle UTA 1 of 6 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Techniques Used by Wells in The Red Room to Create a Feeling of ...

    4 star(s)

    When the man says that the shadows take another step towards him, he is saying that fiction and is closing in on him and as it does, he is been drawn away from the truth, the unknown is again what scares him, as it has been throughout the story.

  2. The Long and the Short and the Tall - Examine the Characters of ...

    To start with he teases and taunts the prisoner treating him as an object of comedy; he gives the prisoner simple commands in a stereotyped Japanese accent, 'Flingers on blonce.' Bamforth becomes extremely excited when the prisoner obeys his commands as if the prisoner is some kind of pet and he has been taught a new trick.

  1. To what extent does 'Unbreakable' conform to the conventions of the superhero film genre?

    This shows that 'Unbreakable' conforms to yet another important convention of the genre. Dunn accepts his powers, as all of the X-Men have had to do, and comes to terms with utilising and applying them. Superheroes always perform heroic deeds during the course of the film.

  2. How is Genocide Presented in The Boys in Striped Pyjamas and Hitel Rwanda

    Lasting only 100 days, over one million Tutsi's and Hutu's were brutally massacred. But despite the incoming fear of ever Tutsi being wiped out, Paul managed to save 1268 Hutu's and Tutsi's. Two recurrent themes jump out from the movie.

  1. Vendetta and School Teachers Guest

    Ines in The Schoolteacher's Guest she was crushed to hear what happened to her beloved son, but she knew revenge would happen one day. Ines did not rush to get her revenge for murdering her son because she knew that the killer of her son would come back one day.

  2. Dead Man Walking

    All this reminded me of when the gun was being loaded ready for Poncelet to murder Walter. It makes the audience feel that he does deserve to die. When the nurse arrives and is putting on her rubber gloves, the sounding of the glove hitting her skin as she puts them on is exaggerated.

  1. Iago has been called a motiveless malignity. Discuss your personal response in this.

    In doing this, Iago keeps Roderigo in the dark and continues to profit from him monetarily. Cassio, like Roderigo, follows Iago blindly, thinking the whole time that Iago is trying to aid him, when in-fact, Iago, motivated by his lust for power, is attempting to depose Cassio of his position as lieutenant.

  2. How does Reginald Rose establish and maintain a sense of tension in Twelve Angry ...

    he is meant to be attending - begins to diffuse this tension by offering a fellow juror a stick of gum. This signifies the contrasting attitudes towards the case inside the room and as far as an opening line goes, it suggests that the rest of the play may take a more laid back attitude.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work