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How does Kenneth Branagh create an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene?

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How does Kenneth Branagh create an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene? In Kenneth Branagh's movie version of Frankenstein, Branagh tries to create an atmosphere of horror and suspense. I am going to try and discover how Branagh creates the atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene. I will do this by analysing four to six scenes or sequences by focusing on what the audience sees and hears. The first scene I chose to analyse was the scene when, straight after the wedding, Elizabeth and Victor are in bed kissing. The lighting is soft and romantic. After a short while, the sound a recorder being played is heard. The monster played the recorder to let Victor know that he was there like he had said. Both Victor and the audience realise that the monster played the recorder but Elizabeth does not know this and therefore doesn't realize that the monster is nearby. From the soft and romantic lushness in the atmosphere, comes an atmosphere of suspense where the audience eagerly await the appearance of the monster. ...read more.

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The speed at which the monster comes down from the skylight to put his hand over Elizabeth's mouth makes us jump. The lightning is mysterious because it shows up and illuminates what is being looked at for a quick moment and then changes back to complete darkness as before the lightning struck and is like nothing happened or was there. The effect of the lightning makes the audience see the monster and the sound of the thunder makes us eager to see what happens next because of the monster's appearance. The third sequence I shoes to analyse was when we see a frame of the monster with his hand over Elizabeth's mouth to a close-up of the monster's face to when Elizabeth turns her face towards the door. First, we see a medium close-up of the monster with his hand over Elizabeth's mouth. The monster says, "Don't bother to scream," and after a while of heavy breathing by Elizabeth, she nods her head to indicate that she won't scream. The monster slowly raises his hand away from Elizabeth's mouth. ...read more.

Conclusion

The audience is horrified, as if the expression on Victor's face as he reacts to what he sees. We are shown a medium-shot of the monster holding the heart which is still beating. Again, we are shown the facial expression of Victor with a medium-shot and once again a shot of the monster holding up the heart, which is still beating. This makes up feel horrified because we are disgusted by how the monster has pulled out the heart. This was the monster's purpose on the wedding night - to kill Elizabeth. All the way through this sequence, we hear dramatic music played by an orchestra at quite a fast tempo and this is very effective for this sequence because everything is happening very quickly which also added by the fact of the scenes changing quickly. The frames in this sequence are mainly medium-close-ups which show us details of the character's facial expressions and emotions because we can only see one thing on the screen. In conclusion Branagh has used the lighting and sounds as well as the camera angles to create an atmosphere and I think that Branagh has been very successful at creating an atmosphere of horror and suspense in the wedding night scene. ...read more.

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