the the viewer’s attention through its entertaining value

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the Ku Klux Klan withinthe southern states of the USA in 1964 is presented to the viewer
throughout Mississippi Burning (1988). Along with this issue of racism, the
director Alan Parker also illustrates another important issue of corruption
within the film. A further sub-issue presented is the powerful effect and
pain of murder. Additionally Alan Parker demonstrates justice in the final
shots which assembled his resolution. The issues that Alan Parker
successfully demonstrates throughout the film attract the viewer’s
attention through its entertaining value while enabling the viewer to
reflect on the ideas in the context through the techniques demonstrated.

Racism is no dough the primary issue in the film and is most effectively
presented though an audio code in the opening shots of the film. After the
car with the Black nigro and two White civil rights workers is pulled over
by what seems to be police vehicles, one of the police officers points a
revolver at a one of the civil rights workers head and pulls the trigger.

When tho trigger was pulled, the viewer glimpsed a shot of brains sprayed
across the other mans face then the screen went blank. At this time we
perceive the sound of the police state “I go me a Nigger”. This introduces
racism to the film which is reveals the theme for the remaining context.

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Alan Parker illustrates murder best throughout the film through symbolic
and technical codes. In the opening shots when the man was killed, the
viewer glimpsed the brains across the man’s friend then the screen went
blank. The quick altering of transitions represented that the murder was
quick and the blank screen is very symbolic of death. The symbolic code was
used in the shots when the Black man was hanged in front of the burning
church with the fire being symbolic of hell. The close up of the man’s feet
swinging from fast then slowing is a symbolic code of body language and was
used successfully.

Although corruption is accruing in the opening shots, the most expressive
example of it is revealed by an audio code when one FBI agents is viewed
singing a song to the other. The song is an anti-blacks White supremacists
song. The ironic fact that the people, who are supposed to protect the
blacks against violent White supremacists, are White supremacists

Justice is represented in this film as the resolution. Alan used a
combination of a technical and written code to achieve this. He used a
technical element of first person view of a photo each with a member of the
Ku Klux Klan in it then added a written element by stating their name and
sentence. This combination was really successful at summarising the
investigation which the movie was based on.

The brilliance of Alan Parker and the issues possessed by the southern
states of the USA at 1964 have formed not just entertainment film but a
movie that successful makes the viewer think and reflect on the text by the
techniques used.

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