Analysing Cinematography In Bloody Sunday

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Analysing cinematography in Bloody Sunday Bloody Sunday is a film by Paul Greengrass. It was released in 2002 and has since raised many views on what really happened when the 1st Para’s of the British Army shot at 27 citizens of Derry, Northern Ireland, and killed 13 of them. One man died later on in hospital from gunshot wounds. Paul Greengrass wrote and directed this film to look like a documentary and it is an incredibly controversial portrayal of what happened. In the opening of the first sequence, the idea of status is clear. As the subtitles are shown, we hear the background noise of army radios. We see a shot of Ivan Cooper, the local MP of Derry addressing the people of the town, about their civil rights and how they will peacefully march on Sunday. In the next shot, we see the same scene being played out but the British Army General is the one addressing the crowd, and he is addressing the press, rather than any supporters. There is drumming in the background and at the end of Ivan’s speech, everyone applauds, whereas when the General leaves his meeting, all is quiet other than the sound of the press taking pictures. Ivan is portrayed as being a passionate figure of the town of Derry, and that all he wants is to march peacefully. The British Army General on the other hand, is speaking as though this is a standard operation and he presumes there will be violence, and puts any violence on the day of the march, on the shoulders of those marching. All of this has a big impact on the way we portray these two main characters. It is like war is being initiated between these two meetings, and due to parallel editing, it is as though the two meetings are being held at the same time. This also shows a contrast between the Irish and the British. Next, we are introduced to the character of Gerry, a young Irish lad who has just gotten out of prison. We know
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