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The Green Mile How affective do you find the representation of the death penalty, race and religion in the Green Mile? Comment on the films techniques used in the selected extracts. The film 'Green Mile' was taken from a novel written by Stephen King. 'Green Mile' was directed by Frank Darabond in 1999. The film was set in 1935 in Alabama - Louisiana in state Penitentiary but the film also starts and ends in the present day this is called a bookend technique. The themes of the film are race, religion and the death penalty. The green mile is the route to the electric chair, which you walk down after being on death row. They call it the green mile as linium green lights light up the floor leading up to the chair, old sparkie, also it is allegedly a mile to the chair. ...read more.

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During the practice execution toots makes an obscene joke and uses foul language, the prison guards found this funny but Paul does not find this amusing. Percy watches the practice to learn for when he performs the execution. He sits in a darkened booth, the light shines on his face giving him an evil look. He is very interested to know why they wet the sponge before placing it upon his head, this is important later in the film. At the end of the practice execution jingly music starts playing, the mouse is back! Mr Jingles supervises what they are doing. This shows comedy within the film. During the extract where john coffee heals Malinda we see the special powers of john coffee. ...read more.

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The screen shots show shows john coffee putting the 'bad stuff' out of him into Percy, this shows him in a trance, the camera closes into his face. You then hear a sound effect of gun shots, as Percy kills wild Bill. John coffee shoes Paul who really killed the two girls that he is on death row for. The flashback is very important as it shows you who actually kills the girls and proves the innocence of john coffee as the actual killer is wild Bill. The technique is clever and proves john coffees powers are in deed special, the problem is that this evidence can never be used to prove johns innocence therefore he must remain o death row. You then see Percy being taken to the mental hospital, which he was going to work at but now is a patient there. ?? ?? ?? ?? Libby Dougan 11.3 8th September 2008 ...read more.

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