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I have chosen to study the film

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English media studies coursework: In the Heat of the Night I have chosen to study the film "In the Heat of the Night". In particular, I have chosen to study the scene in which Tibbs and Golesby confront Endicott at his villa on his plantation. Firstly, I watched the scene through a couple of times to try and pick up an overall idea of the theme of the scene. The scene is quite long, containing 56 shots in total. The shots themselves are also long, as what is going on is a wordy confrontation, not a violent one, unlike in the car chase scene, where all the shots are very quick; a long shot brings an air of calm, whereas a quick, snappy shot conveys a sense of action. ...read more.


If nothing else, it really catches the attention of the viewer as a powerful image. Personally, I think it is an omen of bad things to come. After the cotton-picker has "eaten" the camera from the first shot, the screen pans out and you see an overview of the fields. They are full of black slaves, assumedly, picking the cotton. A few of the picking machines can be seen, but the black slaves are picking the majority of the cotton by hand. Apart from the machines, there is not much there to say that this is the twentieth century; the age of enlightenment. Nothing much would seem to have changes since the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. ...read more.


Tibbs walks past it, ignoring it completely, but Golesby rubs its head, almost affectionately, as he walks past. I interpret that to mean that that he is a good person. He, as most of the people in the south had at this time, has been brought up with the idea that black people are less than human. But, because, as the film shows, he is deep down a good person, he has taken this to mean that black people are like children, to be protected, rather than sub-human slaves to be exploited, which is obviously how Endicott feels. When they knock on the door, it is answered by Henry, Endicott's butler, who then leads them around to the greenhouse, where Endicott is. As they walk along the porch, the camera shows the three of them walking together. This highlights one of the most important comparisons in the scene; that between Tibbs and Henry. ...read more.

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