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How Frank Darabont Presents The Shawshank Redemption's Subtitle Hope Springs Eternal

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How Frank Darabont Presents the Shawshank Redemption's Subtitle Hope Springs Eternal

In 1982 a writer named Steven King wrote the short story "Rita
Heyworth and The Shawshank Redemption". Little did he know that his
text would become one of the best films ever made. The year is 1992
and a plucky young director going by the name of Frank Darabont has
big idea for making a film version of King's great novel. After much
deliberation king and Darabont agreed and set to work making a film to
remember.

The Shawshank Redemption conveys a range of emotions from utter
despair to jumping for joy and happiness, but the emotion portrayed in
the film is the idea of hope, which is inspired. But before I can
explain that I must firstly make you aware of the changes from the
text.

Firstly and most importantly Red the flame haired Irishman is now
black! He is played superbly by the big box office pull Morgan
Freeman.

Also the three wardens in the original text are now one man "Norton" a
cruel man who believes in the bible and discipline.

The main character in the film is Andy Dufrain a banker who gets
wrongly sent to jail for killing his wife after finding out she was
"banging" another man. During the film Andy is the centre of many
scenes of hope and despair. Many things happen to Andy including being
raped several times.

In one scene the hope meter hits rock bottom during Andy's first night
a new inmate is killed. Earlier in the film the other inmate's bet on
who will crack first, Red bets ten cigarettes on Andy. So later that
night the inmates start throwing abuse at the new inmates. At this
point the light is so low on the mile that you can't see the other
inmates faces therefore personifying a sense of demons in the cells.
One inmate finally cracks after being told how he is going to being
treated, he begins to scream "I want to go home I don't belong here".
The chief prison guard comes in and opens the cell and proceeds to
give the new inmate a good kicking. At this point you can also only
see silhouettes of the two figures. The impact of this scene on me and
probably the rest of the audience was "Andy's not going to last" and
"How do they get away with...

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