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Genre Discussion The Courtroom drama genre specifically the jury room sub-genre is one of the most fascinating of them all Like the profession law it is a discreet entity with boundaries definition and opposition The courtroom is the boundary At least half of each film usually the latter half is shot in the courtroom or the jury room Other elements usually associated with this type of film include the build up of tension and anticipation a twist in the fate of the accused a sub plot involving one or more of the participants camera shots and shades of darkness and light legal deceits used to establish points and personal attacks and vituperation Some courtroom dramas are typically dark stagy genres where the lawyers have license to ham it up They are dark because most of the action occurs in doors There are very few windows in courts the exceptions include mostly American south films for example To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill Twelve Angry men on the other hand is shot almost exclusively in a jury room There are windows but the use of lighting and camera angles make these almost the opposite to what they really are We see mostly dark through the windows Comparison between the two versions There are two versions of Twelve Angry men These may best be termed the Henry Fonda and Jack Lemon versions as where as Sidney Lumet directed the former and should be acknowledged for this there was no clear cut person directing the latter There were assistant directors art directors and a producer but no director as such The plots were identical and both versions stuck authentically to the screenplay There were only minor variations in the remake presumably caused by actors fluffing their lines as the significance of the changes were not such to affect the plot or any sub plots there in Essentially the plot is that a
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