12 Angry Men

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The film 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet, is a courtroom drama with, well: twelve angry men trapped inside a steaming hot room, keen to deliver a verdict about a minority teen convicted of murdering his father. Making it’s debut on April, 1957 (Angry 1), this film tested the boundaries between race relations and the effect of an all-white jury during the high peaks of the civil rights movement. The film revolves around a young man, most likely Puerto Rican although his ethnicity is never disclosed, who is convicted of killing his father. Before you are introduced in the film, the prosecution has already laid down the motive, the murder weapon, the witnesses, and the accused. All that’s left is the trial. The movie starts with a brief view inside…show more content…
The film also received much praise from critics, along with high reviews from the general populace. Roger Ebert listed it as a four star movie, saying, “It is a masterpiece of stylized realism--the style coming in the way the photography and editing comment on the bare bones of the content”. While a New York Times movie reviewer said: “Director Sidney Lumet… and Boris Kaufman, an Academy Award-winning cameraman, made expert use of a superb cast, which is ingeniously photographed in what normally would have been static situations. Above all, they have made full use of the trenchant words and ideas of the author to plumb the characters of their principals”. The film stars Henry Fonda, the main juror who puts reason and valid debate into the trial. He was also nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe in his performance in 12 Angry Men, and won Best Foreign Actor in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Some interesting production info is that the director, Sidney Lumet, “‘shot the first third of the movie above eye level, shot the second third at eye level and the last third from below eye level. In that way, toward the end the…show more content…
This shot shows the viewer the location of the movie and the words also signify that the building is a courthouse. In the background the viewer hears horns from multiple cars in heavy traffic which populates the setting and gives the viewer the notion that this takes place near a big city. The camera changes position to show a high-angle shot of the inside of the courtroom where we see regular people casually going about their day. The camera then briefly focuses on one man before jumping from man to man until we find ourselves in front of the door of a courtroom where the next scene takes place. After giving the viewer a moment of rest the camera jumps to an overhead view of a judge, giving his closing statement, with the jurors waiting in the background. Although the judge is always seen as the highest power in the courtroom, due to the camera view the jurors appear eye level with the judge. This camera angle combined with the absent eyed, slouching judge shifts the power of verdict to the jurors. Next, the camera view shifts focus to just the jurors. The camera, resting on a dolly, slowly moves across the screen, highlighting each jurors face within the frame, one at a time. During these

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