An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls

The story of an inspector calls was set in 1945 and was written by J.B Priestly. The story is basically that an inspector comes to investigate a murder and question all of the Birling family to find out who was to blame. In this essay I will compare the three productions of the play the book, film and the stage production.

In both the film and the text the scene starts with the Birling's having a civilised conversation at the dinning table. While the stage production there is a more dramatic and mysterious start. First you see the Birling's house which is very high up on the stage which suggests they consider themselves higher and better than everybody else. In the film you can hear every word of the conversation while on the stage production you can only hear the odd word hear and there and the rest is just chatter in the background you can not hear clearly. The way the inspector arrives in the film and book to the stage production is in total contrast. In the stage production the inspector arrives wearing along coat and almost his whole face is covered up by his hat like his was trying to hide his identity and also the spooky music and the lighting which makes the stage all dark an cold adds to the mysterious atmosphere of the arrival of the inspector.

The inspector enters the stage from the audience which I think that the writer is trying to give the impression that the inspector is time travelling from our time as the audience back into the time of when the play was set. Next in the stage production he just waits by the lamp post until the maid comes out almost as he was expecting to and suggests that he might

Already know them. If you compare this to the inspector's entrance in the film he just suddenly appears at the window much more in your face kind of style and he doesn't want to hide his identity. I think the stage production entrance is more abstract and has more depth and meaning while the film is more orthodox and is easier to understand what is actually going on. I also think the stage production gets you thinking questioning the inspector from the start. As he seems pretty mysterious. The next part of the story is when you are introduced to Gerald. In the stage production he is much more older and ugly from the film and book so straight from the start you feel less sympathetic towards him which could make more people blame and question Gerald in the stage production rather than the film where he is younger so you feel like he wouldn't do such a thing. Then suddenly in the stage production the front of the house opens so everybody can see the Birling's
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The lighting puts the Birlings in the spotlight, which suggests that the inspector is here to put every member under the spotlight to try and find out the truth.

It was also almost like the inspector had special powers to open the house up. I think that in all three productions you can almost tell the inspector is not really normal. In the film and book he seems almost ghost like and creepy and in the stage production he is very mysterious and seems to know whats going to happen next. The opening ...

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