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How does the film enhance the original Script of “An Inspector Calls”?

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How does the film enhance the original Script of "An Inspector Calls"? There are many ways within the world of media to enhance a novel, script or virtually anything, and the producer of the film "An Inspector Calls" has used many of them within his version. One of the most effective inputs into the film version is sound, which obviously cannot be done in the script. The introduction of such sound/music brings with it a great variety of numerous effects like a dramatic effect or a solemn one and many more. Within my essay, I will cover as much as possible all the relevant points in relation to the script of "An Inspector Calls" and the film of "An Inspector Calls". The sort of questions that I will be asking myself are 'Who is more successful between Priestley (The script writer) and the film producer? And is the film similar to my own image of the play? And amongst others, is the film as effective as creating a sense of drama and suspense? The way that I have approached these questions are by firstly reading the script and making sure I have a full understanding of the play in general. Then thoroughly studying the film version, from the camera's movements to the actors and this essay highlights the results that I found, by comparing the two. The film has a most definite advantage over the script, for visuals can make a dramatic situation even more dramatic, with simple use of the surroundings. A good example is the use of weather when you want a solemn image you have a dull sky or a thunderstorm, and when you want a happy jolly image you have a bright sky with the sun out, automatically telling you a lot about the atmosphere. In the two media's that are being studied, the producer of the film tries to imitate the Priestley's script as much as possible but altering it only slightly when necessary. ...read more.

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consisted of a mini demonstration by Eva and her co-workers about wanting a wage rise, the camera was in such a spot that only Eva out of the whole of the workers and Mr.Birling were in the picture, indicating a personal battle. The only possible way that this can be done in the text is via using a dialect form, where only Mr.Birling and Eva speak/argue, hence making a personal conflict between the two. The input of sound into the film again comes into play as the decision for Eva to be released without pay is announced, a dismal outburst of music is played at the exact moment of the statement. The script of "An Inspector Calls" is absolutely brilliant for suspense, leaving each chapter ending with a dilemma and forcing the reader to hurry to the next chapter to read the conclusion only for another dilemma to form. In the film though suspense is not such a great issue, drama is indicated a lot more. One situation that arises suspicion for both means of media is the concealing of the photographs of Eva, both Priestley and the director of the film, "An Inspector Calls", made sure the reader and viewer respectively knew none of the character saw the same photo. This predicament meant both the script and the film entailed a large amount of mystery. The script described the situation in detail, describing how the Inspector blocked off the others from even getting a glimpse at the picture and the film was the exact same, just a visual image instead. The props were well used by the director, in order to obstruct any sight of the photos. The props were used amazingly well, when the Inspector showed Sheila the photo, because the camera was situated in such a locality that when Sheila saw the picture, although she was faced with her back to the camera, her reaction to it was still caught in the film, with the help of an ingeniously placed mirror. ...read more.

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All that the difference in the names could suggest is that the name Goole could be questioned and raise suspicion of the Inspector being a supernatural human therefor the Director ditched the 'G' for a 'P'. The most dramatic difference between the two sets of media is the ending. The script does not entail Birling verbally assaulting the Inspector whereas the film does. This verbal abuse given by Birling is more accurate to how someone, who had gone through that ordeal, would act. The scene also adds some suspense to the play which is lacked a little throughout, this being a big difference from the script, which is teeming with suspense. The film contains suspense at the very end, as the viewer awaits the inevitable entrance of the real Inspect where the nightmare will repeat itself, but the phone rings before hand and the suspense kicks in again as the viewer eagerly wants to know who is on the phone. The person who on the phone to Birling is from the infirmary, notifying the household of a suicide just being committed proving the Inspector to be psychic. The one complaint that I would have about the film of "An Inspector Calls" is the acting of Eric, in one scene he is his expected squiffy self, then in the next scene he has suddenly recovered and is sober. I am not sure whether this is a fault of the Director or the actor but either way I believe it was an error and not very effective. Probably the most important aspect to the film over the script was the introduction Sheila looking at herself in the mirror, early on. This is important to the play/film as the whole story is in regard to looking within yourself, and admiring and being disappointed with what you see, in this case it was being very disappointed. This incident occurred moments before her explanation on her error. Other than then few slight criticisms, I have no qualms of the script nor the film, and they were both a joy to read and watch respectively. 1 1 ...read more.

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