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How Does Peter Medak Manipulate the Viewer of the Film; Let Him Have it(TM).

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How Does Peter Medak Manipulate the Viewer of the Film; 'Let Him Have it'. The film 'Let Him Have it' is based on a true story of a man named Derek Bentley. The title of the film was taken from a line that Derek was thought to have spoken before PC Miles was shot by Christopher Craig, a friend of Derek's, while they were breaking into a sweet factory. It is set in 1952. Derek became epileptic shortly after being buried in a pile of rubble in the Blitz in the 1940's. Later on he was officially classes as 'mentally subnormal and it was proved that he had the mental age of about an 11 year old'. He was hanged for the murder of PC Sidney Miles, a police officer, years later in the 1950's. Peter Medak's main aim of the film was to gain the viewers sympathy for Derek Bentley. He shows the characters in different lights throughout the whole film, to show the personalities of the different characters. ...read more.


Peter Medak gets his message across successfully by always showing Derek and his family in light colours and in bright light. In Derek's home there are brightly coloured lights and happy colours which express that they are a happy and well-brought-up family which have an upright manner about them. When Derek is hanging around with Niven, (Christopher Craig's brother) and his gang, he has a light blue blazer on, while the rest of the gang are wearing dark and black coats and hats. This shows the contrast in their personalities, and that even though Derek is hanging around with the local gangsters, he is still a decent person inside. At the very start, while the opening titles were playing, there was sad and mysterious music playing, which tells you instantly that the film is moving and upsetting. The titles, being black and white are very plain and serious, telling the audience that the film is dealing with a very humourless and serious situation. ...read more.


Right from the start he shows Derek in a vulnerable position and shows him being supported and loved by his family. Derek's mental age was 11 years old and when he went to court he was confused and when asked a complicated question, couldn't answer. Peter Medak tried to show him in a defenceless and unfair position because at that mental age he should not have been allowed to go to court. The jury decided that he was guilty with a recommendation for mercy, but the judge took no notice of it and ignored the fact that his mental age was 11 and that the jury thought it was best to let him live. The recommendation for mercy had never been ignored before and Derek was the first one to be neglected. Overall Peter Medak is extremely biased by showing Derek as an innocent and good person, when that is not what he was really like in real life. Records prove that he was actually a bit of a rebel, but Medak wanted to show us the innocent and vulnerable side of him. Nancy Ackland English Coursework 29.11.2008 ...read more.

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