Wuthering Heights Ghost Scene.

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Describe, analyse, evaluate and compare the ghost scenes in the two films

The ghost scene in Peter Kosminsky's version of Wuthering Heights is far more advanced than in Lawrence Olivier's version, because it is more modern. This means that Kosminsky can use a lot of special effects that were not available to Lawrence Olivier.

Kosminsky's ghost scene includes a lot of these special effects to enhance the uneasy atmosphere. It starts with Zillah leading Lockwood to a chamber to get away from Heathcliff. There is a raging storm outside which is the only sound except Lockwood's footsteps. This adds to the tension in this scene. The candle that Lockwood is carrying lights up only his face and the rest of his body is in shadow. This adds to the tension and also shows Lockwood's face to be very pale and rather pathetic.

The music in the background builds up into a crescendo to make the viewer realise that something is going to happen.

This is combined with moments of silence as well as the raging storm and Lockwood's footsteps to make this scene disturbing. There are also a few clever camera tricks which make the viewer think that something is hiding. There is a lot of first person viewing through Lockwood's eyes, which is intended to make the viewer think that they are actually there. At other times the camera shows a long shot of Lockwood and then slowly zooms in. This is as if something is moving towards him.

Lockwood also walks very slowly as if he is afraid of something and is trying to be careful. This delays the appearance of the ghost, which makes the viewer feel more uneasy. Lockwood's footsteps are heard very clearly through the storm and they seem to be slow but consistent,