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Analysis of a Film Scene Movie Ben-Hur Director William Wyler About 30 minutest in the film the protagonist Ben-Hur Charlton Heston is taken as a prisoner He soon finds himself on the lower level of a battleship rowing with the rest of the prisoners The establishing shot consists of an objective point of view of battleships on the sea The dozens of ores moving the boat are clearly seen This sets up the place and situation for the scene Next Wyler cuts to a high angle shot of the doorway leading to the lower room of the ship where the prisoners are rowing A commanding officer is seen walking away from the camera and into the room as the view is lowered This gives the audience the impression of going down low to a somewhat eerie area the dungeon of the ship A medium shot catches the officer walk in covered in shadows perhaps to signify the evil he is about to display Also deep-focus photography is used for the audience to see many rows of sweating prisoners clearly suffering below them and the officer Between two sections of rows of rowers is an isle where guards pace with their whips Their entire bodies are clear except their faces which are kept shadowed to display the hopelessness of Ben-Hurs situation He must sit there and slave for unrecognizable figures although he is innocent He cannot make any pleads or appeals to the faces he cannot see Yet the have to power to hurt him and control his fate At the same time the audience becomes aware of the constant drum banging An assigned officer sits in front of the prisoners beating the drum for the rowing to keep a steady pace The thumping noise creates a sense of seemingly endless despair and suffering for the prisoners The highest officer commands the drummer to increase speed in levels The second officer in command says nothing
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