The Sixth Sense by Manoj Night Shyamalan
Through close analysis of the restaurant scene and the scene where Dr
Crowe is in the hose with both Cole and his mother, discuss the
techniques used to make the audience believe that Dr Crowe is alive.
The Sixth Sense made in 1999, a suspense drama thriller directed by
Manoj Night Shyamalan.
Dr Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist, one night he
and his wife were celebrating his award, for his “recognition of
outstanding achievement in the field of child psychology”, was visited
by Vincent Grey an ex-patient. Before Grey committed suicide, he shot
Dr Crowe. A year passes and he is signed on to a boy called Cole Sear
played by Haley Joel Osment, who has the same conditions as Grey.
A couple of chapters into the story it seems that Dr Crowe is still
alive. It is a detailed plot twist, full of scenes that confuse the
audience, making them believe that Dr Crowe is alive. For example the
scene at the restaurant and when he is with Cole and his mother at
their home highlighted the plots twist.
To answer the question above, I am going to look at the techniques the
director uses to make the audience think that Dr Crowe is alive in the
At the beginning of the restaurant scene, the first shot is a long
shot, which establishes the scene, so the audience knows where the
scene is set. Then we see Anna at a table, dressed in red with her
head down, the table is at centre of shot, the audience see that this
shot focuses on her. Gradually the camera zooms in on the table as Dr
Crowe storms in quickly and apologises immediately. This demonstrates
to the audience that this is a typical argument because he’s late. By
this time an over the shoulder shot has been established, so we only
see his face not hers, this shot concentrates on his speech, so the
audience know what he is talking about but they can not tell if Anna
has acknowledged him. This technique is a good one to show that Dr
Crowe is alive when he is not.
Then she lifts her head up but we cannot see her face, she then moves
it despondently to the side, this makes the audience think- is she
ignoring him for being late? After this shot, he says “I thought the
other Italian restaurant I asked you to marry me in” then tilts his
head quizzically to the side trying to gauge her expression. She does
not respond. The audience are, wondering why she isn’t responding to
him. The shot is still an over the shoulder shot, Dr Crowe sits down
mouthing the work “ok”. This illustrates to the audience that he has
accepted her being in a mood. They can see that Dr Crowe is still
upset about Anna not replying. Then Dr Crowe tries again “I’m sorry I
just don’t seem to be able to keep track of time” He is tired “and I
didn’t have a very good session today. I” he sighs “they’re...