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Opening scene of Lord of the flies

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Media: Opening Scene of Peter Brook's adaptation of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" "Lord of the Flies" is Peter Brook's adaptation of William Golding's famous novel. The opening series of grainy black-and-white still photography is not actually in the book but Peter Brook includes it as background information explaining to an audience who may not have read the book why the boys ended up alone on the island. A plane carrying English primary school boys has crashed on an uninhabited Pacific Island. With all the adults killed, the boys must fend for themselves. The scene opens with the sound of the rising bell and a water colour of a public school in the country. This creates the impression that these are English boys from middle or upper class backgrounds who go to an expensive public school in the countryside. With the bell ringing in the background it sets the impression that these boys have a very routine and normal public school life, a million miles away from what they are about to be submerged into. ...read more.

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This is once again highlights what a far cry their behaviour is from the unchristian acts they will shortly commit. The camera slowly pans along the line of boys, so we can take each of them in. Again the fact that the camera is moving along a photograph gives the impression that you are walking along looking at the boys singing. The religious feeling is quite ironic considering what happens on the island. This is the end of the first sequence as we have uncovered every aspect of the school, physical, intellectual and spiritual. Following on from this, there is a black and white shot of spectators at a cricket match, who are heard to be clapping. Suddenly we hear the faint sound of tribal drums, which gradually get louder and louder. The contrast between the civilised clapping and the savage tribal drums indicates that their relaxed and carefree world is about to be tipped upside down. The camera flicks away from the cricket match to photographs of nuclear missiles facing one way and then the other. ...read more.

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Peter Brooke successfully carries off using still, sometimes blurry black and white photos, or water colours, rather than what the audience would expect, moving in Technicolor, as was the norm at the time; it is very brave of him. His use of camera techniques such as panning, fading, flicking, zooming in, zooming out, camera angle and many more, manages to keep you interested. The fact that he uses black and white photos does make you feel it is more realistic and authentic. It also adds a sense of mystery and hints at the darkness looming ahead. He incorporates sound very effectively, like the tribal drums, which are quite a theatrical and dramatic contrast to the pleasant sounding choir boys, a contrast much like the one the boys undergo on the island. Peter Brooke's opening scene is original, an interesting way of putting the background information across to the audience. He sets the scene for what is to come, while emphasising the dramatic change the boys go through to become the bloodthirsty savages that they are by the end of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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