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Witness Just as in paintings or drawings the point of view of any work of art can drastically affect the way that artwork is interpreted developed and characterized The film Witness utilizes the idea of point of view through use of various camera angles and shots to convey different meanings throughout the film In a way the director Peter Weir used the camera as the narrator of the film manipulating what the audience sees on the screen through those deliberate camera perspectives One of the more notable scenes in which Rachel bathes Books wounds epitomizes the idea of the camera as the narrator in the film Witness Lighting music and camera angles are utilized to convey meaning in the scene Throughout the film Weir uses the camera lighting music and silent facial expressions and movements often completely replacing dialogue in many of the scenes in Witness The bathing scene is one of them as Weir utilizes the lighting to almost halo Books body who has ironically enough been shot as a Jesus figure pierced in the side The Eyes of a Child p117 then moving the halo of light around Rachel who is almost like a guardian angel p117 to Book caring for him as he attempts to recover from his gunshot wound Weir utilizes the importance of body language and unspoken communication when he closes up on Rachels hand as she reaches to help Book through his pain Further use of unspoken communication is seen in close-ups a key element for conveying inner thoughts and general meanings in Witness Close ups used during the wound bathing scene are used mainly to capture the expressions on Rachel and Books faces primarily their eyes in order to express the inner feelings of both of the characters as they strive to conceal their affections for each other The counter-shot of Rachels grabbing of Books hand is shown between two short frames of the facial expressions of
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