Comparing '14 Days in May' with 'Let Him Have It'.

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Cara Roberts 10/11C

Comparing ‘14 Days in May’ with ‘Let Him Have It’

The 1980s film ‘Let Him Have It’ and the 1990s documentary ‘14 Days In May’ have many similarities. They both cover one particular topic, which is capital punishment. Also, in both pieces of television, the people that are focused on are both young males who face the death sentence. They both received an unfair trial, and have both been proven innocent since they were executed. However there are differences too. The obvious one is that one is a documentary, and the other a film. Also the two men are from completely different origins. Edward Earl Johnson from ‘14 Days in May’, is an American, black male. In ‘Let Him Have It’ Derek Bentley is a white, British male. The filming style in each of them is also different.

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The film ‘Let Him Have It’ is about the life of a teenager named Derek Bentley. The film starts during the blitz in WW2, and the camera is slowly zooming in on a destroyed house where the rescue services are pulling a small boy from the wreckage. The boy is Derek Bentley. This implies that an accident when he was young resulted to him having learning difficulties in the future. After that incident, things go down hill from then on. The point is, the director; Peter Madock, has obviously researched into the past of the real Derek Bentley, and used this to base part of the film on. This helps the audience to become more understanding of the character. ‘14 Days in May’ is different to this because the director has no introduction, so the audience does not know very much about Edward Earl Johnson at all. This is because the audience learns more about him as the documentary unfolds.

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Another similarity between the two is the actual crimes committed. The two young men are both facing the death penalty although neither of them took a human life. However, both of them were accused of shooting but not killing a police officer. It is probable that had in fact shot but not killed a general member of the public, they would not have been executed. Having said that, Derek Bentley was charged with murder, even though he did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed a police officer. That was his friend Christopher Craig. The likelihood is ...

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