THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)
August 26, 2013
ENG 225: Introduction to Film
Instr: Prof. Carol Jones
In this paper, I chose one of my favorite films, The Shawshank Redemption (1994). It is an extraordinary kind of film, though it was not a big budget kind of movie this film is about the character of Andy Dufresne, played by actor Tim Robbins. Andy is working as a banker and was sent to Shawshank prison for killing his wife and her boyfriend. His life was transformed radically since being sentenced and imprisoned to serve a life term for the crime. For over 20 years of being in prison, Andy remained optimistic and in the end he gained the respect of his fellow convicts. He became good friends with one of the prisoners named Red, played by actor Morgan Freeman. They both comforted each other while in prison. The plot of the film conveys a powerful message of perseverance, hope, courage and aspiration. In the end, Andy and Red attained their own desire of freedom from the law. This movie has a very nice, memorable ending. The movie’s story line, cinematography, acting, sound and editing were superb which makes the movie excellent. In this paper, I will discuss the cinematic elements provided in this film, and how the sentimental meaning of freedom and hope are delivered through the plot. Stephen King, based on his “Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption”, influenced the film. I believed that this movie is an adaptation of Stephen King publications. In addition, the cinematographer of this film is Roger Deakins. The film produced some fascinating narrative components. The story line revolved on a mistakenly convicted man who was sent to Shawshank prison to serve a life sentence. It also revolves around his experiences and struggles while in that prison. The film is set around 1947-1966. The character of Red, who is a long time prisoner in Shawshank since he was 19, narrates the movie. In the end, Andy met Red because he needs tools for...