The Shawshank Redemption

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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.

He 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 cinema.

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 also produce...