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The use of mis-en-scene in A Time to Kill was most objectively utilized in the scenery costumes and especially the lighting The narrative compiles a majority of dark scenes with a careful use of low-key illumination and a variety of shadows These low-light settings draw the viewer to express feelings toward the characters and their actions The extensive close-up camera shots of the characters faces reveal the emotions they are portraying whether they are talking or making a statement through silence The setting of the first few minutes of the film helps set the plot in motion and throws a gripping shot of mid-twentieth century human nature into the mind of the audience The setting lies in the deep south in the state of Mississippi where many people still believed in a superior white race Two drunken rednecks who obviously followed the superiority belief come upon a ten-year-old black girl Tanya Haley on her way home from the grocery store After knocking the girl to the ground with a full beer can each of these men continually raped the child urinated on her slammed more full beer cans on her and then hanged her from a tree After the tree branch snapped the men through Tanya in the back of their pickup truck and then 30 feet to the ground over the side of a bridge Director Joel Schumacher Involved the audience in the rape scene The camera angle was portrayed from the viewpoint and through the eyes of Tanya You could almost feel the fear watching the two men jump on top of her first one then the other The camera turned to the ropes tied around her arms and legs to the deep flesh wounds left by the thrown beer cans to this little girl being heaved into the back of the truck motionless The plot thickens as the men are being taken to trial after Haleys shoe is found in the
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