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The Central theme in the film Witness is seeing. Discuss the various ways of seeing that are presented by the director, Peter Weir.

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The Central theme in the film 'Witness' is 'seeing'. Discuss the various ways of seeing that are presented by the director, Peter Weir. In this piece coursework I will be writing about what mainly happens in the film. Secondly I will be writing about the opening scene of the film and also about the murder at Philadelphia Station. Also I would be writing about the Amish community who are the main people in the film. Lastly, I will write about the conflict between the Amish and the modern World. The main theme in the film is about witnessing and seeing. Witness means someone who has seen an event such as an accident and can describe what happened. Seeing means to employ one's sight especially in a given direction or a given object. The plot of the film is that Rachel has a husband that passes away. After the funeral ceremony Rachel and Samuel go to the Station to get to the big city. When Rachel and Samuel get to Philadelphia Station there train gets delayed by three hours. When Samuel goes to the toilet he witnesses a murder. When the police arrived at the scene of the crime, Samuel gets questioned and is taken to the police station. ...read more.

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The director is trying to create the affect that the Amish people are very secretive and very independent. As the story moves on the Amish people walk towards the camera gradually. Also the director shows the viewers the type of transport that the Amish community use which is horses and carriages. The music at the beginning of the film is very slow and also it is not very loud. The music is very mysterious and the effect it gives to me is curiosity. Also the music is very smooth and calm. Then the music starts to get louder and more instruments get introduced for example, the trumpet. I think the trumpet made the music very different because the music got deeper. I think the music is appropriate to the Amish because they are mysterious towards the western world. In this paragraph I will be writing about the murder at Philadelphia Station. At Philadelphia Station when Rachel's told that her train has been delayed. The director makes a close up shot of Samuel playing and exploring the water fountain. Samuel is very excited to see things like this because he had never seen anything like it. The scene at the beginning when Rachel and Samuel make their way towards the waiting area the camera angle is low, this makes Rachel and Samuel stand out. ...read more.

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The Amish community are very unique and unlike the modern world. The Amish community call the outsider the 'English'. The Amish community are very different. They would not use phones or modern technology like the modern world. The Amish community are very independent, they are also very plain in the clothes they wear and they would not wear clothes with buttons on them. Another weird factor about the Amish community is that an Amish man who is married would have to keep a beard and the men who are not married would have to shave their beards. The Amish community do not like to mix with people from the outside world. They think that all modern things would bring evil upon the Amish community. If a person breaks a Amish rule they would be shunned from the community. There are many conflicts between the Amish community and the modern world. I think that the film 'Witness' is very good because the storyline is very interesting, also the acting is very good and the filming was brilliant. I think that the best part of the film was the quality of the filming. However, I think the film was a bit slow at the beginning, but overall the film was exciting and entertaining. ?? ?? ?? ?? Khasruz Zaman 10s English ...read more.

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