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The Crucible - compare two versions (ie film and theatre)

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The Crucible Film and theatre are different media; each has unique effects, in film the location can be just about anywhere in the world and have different atmospheres, the infinite amount of camera angles possible could be used for different emphasis, and the sound could be played in any part of the film and could be any length and of course producing different effects. But this is not the case for theatrical plays. Theatre only has limited resources and visual effects. Theatre plays are not as sophisticated as film plays. They cannot use the latest technology to boost the performance. If you watch the crucible, you can see that most of the film advantages (features) are used in the crucible to make it as emotional, passionate, and dramatic as it can get. A theatre production however would not have the advantages of music, high tech equipment and retakes. Instead it would have to rely on rehearsals and hope that everything goes well at the live performance. The film version of the crucible is a lot different to the stage play version. Hytner, the director uses various techniques to highlight a characters emotion like a close up camera shot, but in a stage play Hytner would have to rely on the actors ability to show this. The film uses different locations such as the ocean, in the houses, the village etc... for its desired effect. The story is so huge and vast it seems to stretch on and go on forever, it represented the fact that beyond Salem there was an entire world waiting to be explored. ...read more.


The camera is then focused on the chicken's head in a birds-eye viewpoint perspective with Tituba slinging it round and round. While this is happening, the camera has just suddenly popped out of a bush facing straight on at Mr. Parris. Mr. Parris seems confused and looks at the floor, then looks up again and carries on walking. Now we can see Tituba laughing and the camera moves back onto Mr. Parris at another part of the forest making his way towards the girls. The camera is now tracking Mr. Parris, so this has created tension and climax for the audience. Whenever the camera faces Parris, you hear loud dancing and music. This enhances the feelings of suspense, danger and excitement. The closer Mr. Parris gets to the girls the louder and more intense the music gets, and the more enraptured the viewer becomes. The Camera goes back to the girls and Tituba in the forest as they are listening to Tituba chanting a song that seems to be in her native language while the girls are slowly swaying. Again, Abigail is the odd one out by sitting in the middle feeling intense and staring at Tituba. A girl then lashes out with, "Make a spell on Joseph Baker, Tituba!" and another follows by saying "Make Daniel Pool my husband!" while another says, "Bring me Adam Town". They all start to say their wishes and when the camera zooms in on and focuses on Abigail, the other girl says, "Get her John Proctor. ...read more.


This suggests truth and goodness sent down from God. After the word "no" comes out, the two beams vanish and a large drum beat sounds. Suddenly the tension booms! Hytner directs the cameras to move all the time so that tension is always present. One scene where I found that the location was used very well in order to express feelings and impressions was when Proctor runs out of the court along with Abigail and Mary when Abigail sees a "big bird". He then runs into the lake and is in hip level with the water. The music stops, and the shot is quite distant looking down on him like God. Proctor is isolated from the rest and shouts out "God is dead!" at the same time as he raises his arms. Ironically, John is baptized in the water. For me, Hytner and the film crew very well made this film, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I liked the parts when it had a lot of tension so it made you think, "What's going to happen next?" because it makes you more interested in the film. The parts that I liked best were when Abigail cries out that there's a bird in the air and the part where Elizabeth get called to the court and she lies. This is because in these scenes, there were lots of good camera angles to express the characters emotions and feelings. The location had a huge impact on it as well. The thing about the film that doesn't make it perfect is that it puts too much focus on infidelity of the central character, when it should emphasize battle for John's conscience. ...read more.

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