The Shawshank Redemption
For my film analysis, I chose the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Frank
Darabont directed Shawshank and wrote the screenplay based on the novel Rita
Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by author Stephen King. The movie was made in
1994 and produced by Niki Marvin.
The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as two convicts serving time
in a New England prison named Shawshank. Tim Robbins plays a man named Andy
Dufresne, a banker, who gets convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sent to
prison in Shawshank. Andy eventually becomes good friends with a fellow convict by the
name of Ellis Boyd Redding(Morgan Freeman) who is able to get anything for anyone
within reason. The story follows the prison life of Andy Dufresne and his eventual escape
from Shawshank's walls.
The movie follows a formalistic style of direction under Frank Darabont.
interweaves scenes with nice fluid shots. The shots are not jarring or rough cut. Darabont
tends to take the story at a distance allowing the characters to establish their traits to the
audience instead of pushing a barrage of angles at the audience. The position of the
camera is intricately placed in all scenes. The movie is a perfect example of classical
The most unique part about the style of the movie is in the cinematography by
Roger Deakins. The whole story looks like it was filmed with a blue filter. The filters
give a special beauty to the scenes, which in turn causes more dramatic feelings for the
audience. With this filter the movie tends to bring out the two different colors of blue and
brown. The blues of the uniforms are all the more dramatic compared to the drab brown
buildings surrounding the prisoners. The colors...