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Lord of the flies.

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Lord of the flies A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. The novel was a piece of writing genius, and the idea still remains within the film, however I don't believe the scripting and acting left the optimum film possible within Lord of the flies. However some parts of the film were converted to the big screen with some success, some bits more than others. Nevertheless this is a good film all round and was quite a challenge to analyse. The opening sequences in the film lord of the flies are quite symbolic, and well-done considering the time and money put into it. They start with different still shots of school life with music and a Latin lesson in the background. This shows us what the children on the island were like before moving there. There is then a shot of choirboys singing, this also shows us the contrast of normal disciplined choristers and the brutal savageness of the hunters. Then there is a shot of a typical English summer, with tea, cricket and sunshine. Then suddenly tribal drumming begins, and with it comes pictures of war, this is done well as it shows the link between tribal ways and the destruction of war, this also comes up later on in the film. ...read more.

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This shows his brutal side before anyone else even begins to consider savage behaviour. Later on in the film Simon is killed in a brutal misunderstanding, however in the book it doesn't imply that there is a misunderstanding whatsoever, merely that everybody is caught up in the moment and look for a scapegoat to vent out the passion of their tribal dance. Nevertheless this scene is done quite well, there is no artificial lighting, only that of the fire, which creates a nice effect. There are constant extreme close ups of faces and fire, the face shots are quite disturbing as all the children have face paints and they are screaming and yelping in a rather worrying fashion. They do their usual "kill the pig spill its blood" chanting and there is a close up of Ralph and Piggy joining in, this is to show how irresistible the dance is, and how it can draw in anybody, even Piggy. After a while of dancing and screaming and fire, there is a shot of Simon inspecting the mountain where the so-called beast is supposed to be. He discovers that it is only a dead paratrooper. He goes back to tell them but as he is crawling through the undergrowth he is mistaken for the beast. There is a close up of a boys face as he shouts "THE BEAST!" ...read more.

Conclusion

As he is chased across the beach by the savages, you can hear them in the background chanting "kill the pig, spill his blood". As he runs he trips and there is a tracking shot of him crawling along the floor, this creates a the feeling that you are there experiencing the whole thing, as he crawls he gradually slows down, and the impression that the savages are gaining on him is created by the chanting getting louder and faster and generally more intense. Suddenly the chanting stops and Ralph bumps into a pair of feet. The camera is pointing down at the feet and slowly pans up towards the face. This creates the feeling that this is person of authority and quite high importance. It is a sailor who looks around at the fire and smoke, there is shot reversal to show the sailors responses to the boys and the boys responses to the sailors. The savages arrive and are shocked; they stop chasing and just stand still. There is then a close up of Ralph who is looking down, he slowly looks up at the camera and starts crying with happiness. I feel this is an effective ending to an average film. But it doesn't even come close the atmosphere of terror and then joy created by William Golding in the book. 1,764 words ...read more.

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