The Way That the Sixth Sense is Presented in Order to Maintain the Audience's Belief that Malcolm Crowe is Alive

The Way That the Sixth Sense is Presented in Order to Maintain the Audience's Belief that Malcolm Crowe is Alive

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The Way That the Sixth Sense is Presented in Order to Maintain the Audience's Belief that Malcolm Crowe is Alive

The story of 'Sixth Sense' took about a year to write. It was first
going to be about a serial killer and a child who sees the victims.

It was written and edited by M. Night Shaymalon who edited
'Wide-awake' two years before 'Sixth Sense'. It was a Kennedy Marshall
company and a Spyglass entertainment performance.

The film was set in Philadelphia. This was the perfect city for this
thrilling film as it's a very old city and highly concentrated with
unique super natural happenings there. All the old buildings and
several graveyards indicate this. A boy with a sixth sense would be
horrified to have to live in such a city.

Frank Marshall and Kathy Kennedy aided M. N Shaymalon. They were like
his 'godfathers' as he wrote this successful film. Frank was the
producer of 'Poltergeist' whereas Kathy produced 'Jurassic' Park and
'E.T'.

The film was opened on the 6th August (the writer's birthday). The 6th
August was just a week after 'Runaway bride' opened with the 'Blair
witch project' .For this reason they thought it would go in at number
three. It didn't go in at number three though; shocking them all when
it went in at number one.

Over the following two weeks the audience just grew and grew.
Surprisingly enough the two main groups were young boys and older
woman. This is surprising because these two age groups don't usually
have anything in common. The reason the film was favoured so much by
these two completely different groups is because the woman went to see
the film for the romance, as it showed many scenes either about
grieving for loved and lost ones, which they really enjoyed. On the
other hand the young boys enjoyed the film because they liked the fear
and trepidation.

One of the reasons this film was such a success is because of the
astonishing twist at the end. The Doctor who you get to know so well

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ends up dead. This twist is planned exceptionally well as just as you
in the audience realise he is dead so does he. This scene contains a
variety of emotions. You feel a relief as you can see why his wife has
been neglecting him and appears to be giving him the cold shoulder. At
the same time you experience a grief-stricken reaction.

Whilst watching the film you don't grasp that he's dead although if
you rewatch the film you will notice certain rules and clues. Frank
Marshall and Andrew Modshen wanted the film to be true to the audience
if they did rewatch it. You will notice that at specific points
throughout the film when the ghosts get mad and angry the temperature
goes down and it gets colder and you can see the warmth of the ghost's
breath. That is the reason why you don't see Dr Crowe's breath
throughout the play, as he is neither mad nor angry until the end.
Additionally Dr Crowe is consistently wearing the same clothes through
each scene that he interacted in on the night he got shot. Although
the clues are clearly visible when re-watching the film the majority
of people don't comprehended that his dead when watching the film for
the first time.

Many things in the film are red. The red indicates anything in the
real world that's been tainted by the other world. If you study the
film you will realise like I have done that when there is something
red it always seems as if something is about to happen. From the start
of the film red things are visible, signalling that something is about
to happen; for example the red cards on the mantle piece. More serious
things are red during the play, like the handle to the cellar that
Malcolm uses to work in, or the mother's dress at the girl's funeral
party, or the red alter and door to the church. Also at the boys
birthday party when Cole gets locked in the cupboard he is wearing a
red jumper and just as something daunting is about to happen to him
and before you hear voices from the other world a RED balloon pops.

The actual story is outstanding the way it's told. It tells the story
of a nine-year-old called Cole Sear who is extremely intelligent for
his age. He is trying to cope with his parent's divorce. There is
something exceptional about him; he has a 'sixth sense', which allows
him to see dead people who are sometimes seeking help.

At the beginning of the film there is a man who appears to be having a
romantic night in. They go upstairs to their bedroom and a former
patient of his named Vincent Cray who is very disturbed unexpectedly
greets the doctor. You then realise through their conversation that
when Vincent was younger Dr Crowe had tried to help him but did not
succeed. There are many similarities between Cole and Vincent. They
are both trying to get through a parent's divorce. They both think
they are freaks and have strongly comparable mannerisms. Vincent
declares 'you failed me' whereas Cole says ' Don't fail me' (I think
its that speech from Cole which indicates to Dr Crowe that he needs to
help him and not give up). Vincent shoots Dr Crowe and you see him
just lying on the bed in a pool of blood.

Then the scene ends and a new scene begins where Dr Crowe is walking
down the street. It's at that point in time that you just assume he
has recovered from the shootings but that's not correct, as he
actually didn't survive. The whole way through the film your mind
still plays along with the fact that he is alive. Dr Crowe tries to
help Cole whilst having a distressing time at home. This is because he
is dead but Malcolm and the audience think that its because he is not
spending enough time at home with his loved one; that he is always
busy working.

Once Dr Crowe had helped Cole (he did this by explaining to him that
all the ghosts needed was help). Cole listened to his advice, which
was proven correct.

After this Malcolm Crowe discovers that he is in fact dead and has to
leave. He has to go and say his goodbyes to his loved one so she can
be left in peace to get on with her life. In the film this scene is
shown quite emotionally and also a very hard time for Malcolm, which
is obvious, it would be.

The film uses very clever photography to show how old the city is. The
camera also zooms in and out on key scenes to emphasis each characters
certain emotions, so their facial expression is really visible and
obvious to get certain points across to the audience. The camera also
does extreme close ups that fill up the whole screen to focus your
attention, e.g. a close of the bottle of anti-depressant tablets that
belonged to Malcolm's wife. Also pan shots are used quite frequently
to follow Cole around especially when it's a daunting scene. A pan
shot is also used when Malcolm is in his house and finds out he is
dead; the camera follows him everywhere to show every move he makes.
Furthermore, long shots are used to establish scenery and reveal
surroundings. A good example of this is when Cole is walking along the
hallway of his house. The long shot used makes you have a feeling that
something thrilling is about to occur. This is what the writer wants
as it makes you seat on the edge of your seat wondering and wanting to
know what will take place next. The various camera shoots make the
film more stimulating although photography is not the only key factor
to help the film be as entertaining as possible.

At numerous times during the film spooky music is used. This is
particularly essential, as it is very good at indicating that
something supernatural is lurking and could happen anytime. The music
gives you a cold feeling and sends shivers down you spine, making your
hair stand on end.

The film also uses powerful lighting and shadows to inspire and
stimulate the other world with its super natural and unique
happenings. Heavy shadows were used when someone was in jeopardy. For
example when Cole enters the girl's room at the funeral there are very
dark and heavy shadows everywhere. Also when something chilling is
about to happen dim lighting is used.

I have chosen to analyse the following two scenes because I feel that
they both have an important part in the film. They both reveal
valuable messages about the film and its story line.

The first scene that I'm going to analyse is the restaurant scene. I
have chosen this one because if you rewatch it then you will notice
many clues to show that Malcolm is dead. When Malcolm first walks into
the restaurant not one person turns their head to look at him. He also
is not asked where he would like to sit or if he has made a
reservation. When he is sitting at the table a waiter did not come and
ask him whether he would like a drink or anything to eat. Anna doesn't
look up at Malcolm and her hurt and upset facial expression does not
change throughout. She looks like she's in her own world and has a
mind full of thoughts and worries rushing through her. This is because
she is thinking about her anniversary and what happened at that
specific moment last year. Malcolm talks to Anna about his day,
without getting a response. Throughout the speech Malcolm pauses and
sighs regularly. This is to show he is thinking about what to say and
is feeling self-conscious and nervous. '(sigh) I'm so sorry Anna, just
can't seem contract the time and I didn't have a very good session.
Today I (sigh) they're both so similar same mannerisms, same
expressions, same things hanging over there heads. I think it might be
some kind of abuse. Cole has scratches on his arms. I think it might
be fingernail cuts defensive cuts maybe I don't know (sigh) a teacher
or a neighbour. I don't think it's the mother I've seen her with him
and it doesn't seem to fit, (sigh) or maybe I could just be wrong
maybe he's a kid that like to climb trees a lot snatches the bill
(sigh) Anna I know that iv been a little distant (sigh) I know that it
makes you mad. I just feel like a second chance, don't want it to slip
away Anna'. Also when the waitress places the bill down on the table
it would normally be the man paying for the meal but the waitress
purposely put it down on Anna's side; literally giving it to her. When
Anna says'Happy anniversary'Malcolm is not looked at as she just looks
down.

The camera always focuses on Malcolm when he is speaking and not at
Anna. The only time the camera focuses on Anna is when she's about to
leave the restaurant.

The second scene I have chosen to analyse is the hospital scene. The
reason I have chosen to analyse this scene is because it's the first
time Cole and Malcolm fully communicate with each other. From this
scene you learn a lot about Malcolm's problems at home and for the
first time you learn about Cole's problem and that is the main point
of the film. When Malcolm and Cole are sitting in the hospital Cole
looks nervous right from the start. When Malcolm is trying to tell
Cole a story Cole is just constantly looking away from him as if
trying to hide his face. Once Malcolm starts to tell Cole about a real
life story that is about Malcolm's home life and also about Cole, Cole
looks Malcolm straight in the eye wanting to know what the ending of
the story as it involves him. Once Malcolm has told Cole about his
problems in story form I think it then makes Cole yearn to share his
complicated dilemma with Malcolm.

'Cole: I want to tell you my secret now

Malcolm: ok

(Long pause from Cole)

Cole: I see dead people

Malcolm: in your dreams, while you're awake (Cole nods) dead people
like in coffins and graves

Cole: walking around like regular people they only see what they want
to see they don't know they're dead

Malcolm: How often do you see them?

Cole: all the time they're everywhere, you won't tell anyone my secret
right?

Malcolm: No, I promise'

Before Cole shares his secret with Malcolm it appears as though
Malcolm has a hidden smile as if to say he is pleased that Cole has
finally got the courage to confide in him. While this speech is going
on Cole breathes very deeply and heavily. This shows that he is very
fearful. You can also tell HE'S very agitated and edgy on the subject.
In this scene the camera moves a lot to accentuate certain feelings in
the room. The camera zooms tremendously close to Cole while faint
music starts to play to construct the tension of this big moment. When
Malcolm answers Cole every time he speaks the camera focuses on him
then goes back to Cole. Then, when it goes back to Malcolm it zooms in
a bit more than before till at the end of the conversation, it can't
zoom any closer. This is to make you watch closely and listen closely.
When Malcolm comes out of the hospital he says 'pathologies more
severe then originally analysed suffering from visual hallucinations,
some kind of school schitsopheria medication- hospitalisation may be
required'. This speech is telling us that Malcolm thinks that Cole has
some sort of illness that allows him to imagine that he is seeing
spirits from the other world. He thinks that Cole needs medication to
help him overcome this illness. Its not until later on in the film
that Malcolm realises that this is not an illness but a sixth sense.
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