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How does Peter Medak gain the viewer's sympathy for Derek Bentley in this Film?p

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How does Peter Medak gain the viewer's sympathy for Derek Bentley in this Film? Peter Medak made this film to show what he thinks happened in the case. He also made this film to show what happens from Derek Bentley's point of view. The film that Medak made is biased in favour of Derek Bentley. Medak made the film in such a way that the viewer feels sympathy for Bentley. The film is about Derek Bentley who is mentally challenged. He meets a gangster called Chris Craig. They both try to break into the warehouse, but they are caught by the police. Derek & Chris are both found guilty. Derek Bentley the older of the two was hanged and Chris was sent to prison. The film that Medak had created started with Derek under a pile of rubble and people taking the rubble off him. The camera zooms into his face and the frame is filled with his face. The scene where Derek is in the approved school is very effective at gaining the viewer's sympathy. The lighting is low key which makes the mood of the approved school sombre. The camera zooms into Derek sitting with his head down, which shows that he is sad and the school is very scary. ...read more.

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As they are climbing the side of the building Derek and Craig are spotted by a little girl, who is in her bedroom. We zoom in on the little girl who tells her mother. When Derek hears the siren of the police car, we see a close up of his face. Derek says "My dads gonna kill me," this is a childish phrase. This makes us feel sympathy for him. Derek throws the key he is holding in a panic because he hears the police siren. His action is hurried and uncalculated, almost like a child getting rid of something in fear. The lighting on the roof is low key, this adds to the tension. We see a number of cars pull up below as if we ourselves are on the roof. The policeman gets out of the car, climbs a gate and then goes to the warehouse and start the climb to get on the roof. This sequence is shot form below. Medak cuts to Bentley and Craig on the roof. Both of them look frightened, especially Bentley. They scuffle and shout at each other. They speak quickly and their voices are high pitched. The policeman appears, climbing over the parapet. Craig pushes Bentley aside. We now see the policeman come into full view and at this point Craig draws his gun. ...read more.

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They get all the public's support but are unsuccessful. We see an ariel view of Derek's father waiting at the House of Commons for the outcome. When he hears the result he faints. Bentley dictates a letter for his family to a police officer who writes it form him. The letter is very childish. Derek signs the letter himself and this shows that his writing is very childish as well. Derek is executed at nine o'clock in the morning. At this time we see a lot of his family. At exactly nine o'clock the family is all cuddled up and crying at the loss of Derek. The hanging process is very quick. Derek is seen in his room praying and then he is quickly rushed to the hanging room. Here he has a black hat put on him and a rope around his neck. Suddenly a trap door is released and Derek is dropped down to his death. His shoes fall off and this shows that part off Derek has gone. We then see a long shot of Derek hanging. I think the film is very effective at gaining the viewers sympathy for Derek. The film reveals the inhuman and humane nature of the people. The film brings out the sympathy of the audience for Derek in the way he was treated due to his incapability's. The director has captured the sympathy for Derek in such a successful way. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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