• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. Compare the script of 'An Inspector Calls' to the filmed version

    Which is what the Birling family stands to learn when they learn their lesson with the disaster of Eva Smith. As well the time in which the play is set will show that the following war will also show this point, as what the countries leaders do effects the whole country and the world.

  2. Examine How Priestley Uses a Variety of Dramatic Devices To Highlight the Theme of ...

    His name even has ghostly connotations; he seems to know everything is in control. It's almost as though he can see into the future or he knows the future. A further point to note is his responsibility is to Eva Smith and how he shows how he cares about her,

  1. An Inspector Calls

    However, Mrs: Birling does not believe her when she says that she refused the money given by Eric because it was stolen: "a girl of that sort would ever refuse money." Inspector says her that the charity was the last possibility of Eva's life.

  2. Directors notes and stage instructions for An Inspector Calls

    They are surprised and rather annoyed. Birling stares hard, and with recognition, at the photograph, which the Inspector replaces in his pocket.' Gerald: (showing annoyance) 'Any particular reason why I shouldn't see this girls photograph, Inspector?' Inspector: (coolly, looking hard at him) There might be. Eric: And the same applies to me, I suppose? Inspector: Yes.

  1. What do Mr Birling and Sheila show us about the historical context of “An ...

    That quote also shows the pompous side of him. Mr Birling is a pompous and an arrogant person. He is pompous because he wants to let people know that he mixes with upper class people. He was pleased to let the Inspector know that his daughter has just become engaged to, "Mr Gerald Croft - son of Sir George Croft - you know, Crofts limited."

  2. Write a letter from the director to the actor playing a character you have ...

    that stage direction of how the speech should be delivered by Mrs Birling proves that she does not feel threatened by the Inspector. Mrs Birling also shows this when she is telling the Inspector about when Eva smith turned up at her work and called herself Mrs Birling 'A piece

  1. What Is The Significance Of The Inspector In An Inspector Calls?

    The Inspector also, through his actions and possibly supernatural ways, creates a presence that makes the other characters listen to him without question. It says that when he enters for the first time that he creates a sense of "massiveness" and "purposefulness".

  2. An Inspector Calls.

    Sheila's explanation of her conduct when interviewed by the Inspector shows how naive and thoughtless she was up to that point. However, unlike Birling she feels very upset about her conduct, shown by her running out of the room sobbing when first shown the photograph of Eva Smith.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work