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Look at the opening of Nicolas Hytner’s film of “The Crucible” and discuss how tension and suspense are raised through cinematic features.

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Look at the opening of Nicolas Hytner's film of "The Crucible" and discuss how tension and suspense are raised through cinematic features. The play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller has created tension and suspense by using many devices such as arguments, though I am going to as best as I can to show how tension and suspense are created in Nicolas Hytner's film "The crucible" using cinematic features. The cinematic features I will be looking at are lighting, camera shots and angles and finally music and sounds. As soon as the film begins tension is raised, the opening credits show that this film is going to be a serious and I thought maybe a bit scary. The beginning shows the names of the producers and behind the scenes cast, though will these are shown there is no music and the writing is on a plain black background. There is no music until the film really starts and when the film does start it is a bit eerie with dull lighting as if it was either early morning or early evening with you only just about able to make out Abigail's face as she sits up extremely fast as if she was scared with her eyes wide open. ...read more.

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Then the camera turns around and shows a picture of Parris who is walking through the forest and it looks like he can hear the girls but does not know what it is so he tries to find them. The music gets faster as he finds his way through the trees and bushes, Then he comes close to the area where the girls are though he does not it is them the music changes to a drum beat with Parris' footsteps being able to be heard. The camera changes back to the girls with Abigail walking up to Tituba and then Abigail whispers in Abigail's ear and Tituba looks scared and shocked as she say no. Abigail then turns around to the pot runs to it and picks up the chicken by its feet and hits its head of a rock breaking its neck the Abigail drinks the blood of the chicken. Then Abigail takes her clothes off, all the girls are screaming then one of the girls sees Parris coming towards them so they all run away except Betty who says that she cannot move. The camera angles through all of this were very fast and furious. ...read more.

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Then the music gets very loud this is emphasising how important this scene really is. The others girls get quite scared and start to walk away so Abigail threatens them that she would kill anyone who tells on her doings. The camera is only on Abigail, but then Betty jumps up shouting she wants her mom and tries to fly to her out of the window but the girls hold her back and everyone in the church rubs out to them. This causes a lot of tension between all the girls and makes witch craft a better conclusion to what has been happening. In conclusion to Nicolas Hytner's film of the play "The Crucible" was directed extremely well making them beginning of the film already better to the book the film sets the scene better and I believe that it also creates more tension. Also with the plot being so old it was sometimes easier to understand the words better with them being said correctly and with also being able to see what is going on. Nicolas Hytner has used cinematic features to the best they could be in this film there fore making the filming better for all viewers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Brooke English Coursework 20th Century Drama ...read more.

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