Life with Hope: the Shawshank Redemption

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Life with Hope: The Shawshank Redemption ENG 225: Introduction to Film June 17, 2012 Life with Hope: The Shawshank Redemption In the middle of the Maine countryside stands Shawshank Maximum Security Prison. It is a forbidding sight with its masonry structures and tall walls. Shawshank Prison exemplifies life in prison and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) exposes audiences to the harshness and cruelty of this life. The film follows a wrongly convicted man sent to Shawshank for life and how he adapts and triumphs over injustice. This paper examines how storytelling, style and directing, acting, cinematography, sound, editing, and other elements of film making contribute to this film about patience, loyalty and hope. Written and directed by Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption is a prison drama based on a Stephen King story. The story is presented in chronological order allowing the audience to experience the judicial and penitentiary system evident in 1947, the setting of the film. The film takes us through the trials and tribulations of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a young successful banker, sentenced to two life sentences for murdering his wife and her secret lover. In conversations throughout the film, Andy proclaims his innocence. Ellis ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman), a Shawshank prisoner since the age of 19 and the leading entrepreneur inside the prison, narrates the story. Red and his fellow inmates watch as a busload of new prisoners arrive inside Shawshank. Bets are made on which ones will cry their first night and who will not. Red wagers that the tall, lean, baby faced guy, Andy Dufresne, will cry. Andy does not cry causing Red to lose the cigarettes he bet. Andy and Red eventually become friends and this friendship allows Andy to befriend other inmates. Andy challenges Red’s ability to provide anything you need
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