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In the Heat of the Night is a movie about an African American police officer that is asked to help solve a murder case in a racist southern town.

 In the movie the director uses the colors red to suggest danger and blue to suggest security as visual cues for the audience about how they should feel throughout the movie. In the opening scene of the movie an image of blinking red railroad lights are shown with a blue contrast background. Right after that an image of a welcome sign is shown “You are now entering the town of Sparta” which is displayed in blue writing and right underneath “Welcome!” in bold red letters. The fact that “welcome” was the only word on the sign displayed in red it suggest, that maybe Sparta isn’t very welcoming. Behind the welcome sign a red train is shown going by which foreshadows the following scene in which one of the main characters Virgil Tibbs will be introduced in a very unsecure and potentially dangerous situation.

During the movie it is made known to Virgil that he is unwelcome in the town of Sparta. His only security is the town police, mainly the chief of police Gillespie who aren’t very fond of Virgil either. Throughout the movie Gillespie and the other officers wear blue uniforms. Because the chief and the other officers always wear blue the director gets the audience to associate the color blue with security. Another scene in which the power of suggestion is used is in a car chase scene in which racist residents in a red car are chasing Virgil, who is in a blue car. I believe that the director used this scene to purposefully force the audience to associate blue with safety because it was the only thing keeping Virgil safe and red with danger because their car was trying to run him off the road.

 The director used colors to reiterate what the actors themselves portrayed by effectively making the audience associate the feelings with the visual cues.


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In Gone With the Wind Scarlett O’Hara one of the main characters is the femme fatale of the movie. She is beautiful and irresistible to all the men in town except for the one that she truly longs for Ashley Wilkes. To others Scarlett was a selfish, stubborn and vain woman but I truly believe that Scarlett was just a product of her environment. Her father Gerald O’Hara an Irish immigrant was a man of strong will and a great love for his land while her mother was a strong and passionate woman who devoted her time to running Tara their family land. Each was a pillar of strength for Scarlett and she modeled herself after her parents. In many ways this upbringing benefited Scarlett but also kept her from from living a completely happy life.

In the movie Scarlett’s family is hit by poverty due to the harsh conditions of the civil war. When most people would have given up hope Scarlett’s inner strength and hate for the North gave her the fight to never see her family go hungry again. To get some money for her family Scarlett uses her beauty to seduce her younger sisters prospective husband who has accumulated some wealth owning a general store. Scarlett’s choice looks to be a selfish one but Scarlett was just doing what she felt was necessary to save her family.

Even though Scarlett kept herself and her family living well she was never truly satisfied with life. Scarlett had never let go of her fantasy life with Ashley Wilkes who was now married, which kept her from allowing herself to truly be love by Rhett her third husband. When she gives up on this love she has for Ashley and finally realizes the love she has for Rhett it is too late.  After fighting for her heart for so long he decides to leave her and after begging him to stay Rhett feeds her the famous line “ Frankly my darling I don’t give a damn”. Scarlett had all the tools she needed to survive unfortunately she didn’t have the ones she needed to have a fulfilling life.

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