Discuss the ways in which the director of your set text develops the main character in this movie to convey the messages of this film. The film Hurricane by Canadian Norman Jewison exposes the corrupt Justice system in America during the 60s. Through his carefully structured effective cinematic techniques, camera work, elements of design, historical references and symbolisation Jewison illuminates the text to convey to the audience specific viewpoints, of how Rubin Hurricane Carter was a hero, and the corrupt Justice system he lived in.
He establishes how people can be anipulated by those in authority and the suppression and disempowerment of the corrupt Justice system can be overcome. Concentrating on scenes “the opening scene”, “He said no”, and “Hate put me in prison”, to show how the main characters have been developed to convey the themes of this text. The story of the ‘hurricane” tells a story of the African American main character Rubin Carter,(also known as Hurricane)who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title.
His dreams were shattered when he was accused of a triple murder, and convicted to three natural-life term sentences. The text illustrates Carters transformation from a violent, uneducated, troubled young man to an independent role model for the black in an all-white society. Opening titles: The first scene “the opening titles” straight away establish the context of the film and introduces the character “Rubin Huricane Carter”.
The use of soul Jazz music played for 2 minutes with the introduction of characters by credits establishes a dark and mysterious mood of passion and hope before images are even shown. The use of a fade from the plain image to the motion pictures, and the overlapping of the music nd realistic diegetic sounds, lets the audience gradually adjust to the introduced scene and help them to connect with what’s happening. With the first images in black and white the cultural frame is set and the audience is aware that it’s in the era of the 60’s.
Visual cuts are used, flashing from one scene to another, exposing to the viewer Rubins aggressive, violent side. The exaggerated diegetic sounds of punching accentuates the violence and determination of Carter, Juxtaposed with Rubin yelling in a different flashed scene to present time. Hospital scene: Norman Jewison employs lighting in many scenes to further create the image of arter as a hero and to introduce evil to the text. In the hospital scene “He said no” when De La Pesca is introduced as the stereotypical antagonist with his slick hair, glasses and long trench coat.
He appears half in the shadows, symbolising that he is a two faced character established as a villain that cannot be trusted. Pesca is only half lit, confirming to the viewer that our hero is going to be hounded by this sly shady man, and creates a chilling mood. This is further enhanced by the non-diegetic jazz music. The good versus evil theme is conveyed in this scene when De La Pesca wears “I’m gonna take your black arse down” also exposing the racism and corrupt justice system.
Repetition of the words “take another look” enhances the racial prejudice and creates an empathetic feel towards the victim Rubin. In the conversation between Pesca and Carter the fact that Rubin is looking down on pesca of a slight low-angle shot, When flashed back to pesca it’s a slight high angle shot of looking up into Carters eyes. This also connects the characters to the audience and creates compassion for Rubin the hero.