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Dark Knight - Movie Analysis

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight unites director Christopher Nolan with the legendary cast, comprising of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, etc. It was released on the 18th of July all across North America.

The Dark Knight is not simply a comic book film. In fact, it strives to separate itself from the likes of Spiderman and The Hulk by allowing its focus to delve deep into the heart and soul of numerous and diverse individuals. It is a film about choice, morality and idealism and how these factors can begin to weigh upon the lost and isolated individual. This scene is primarily based around those coponents, and gives us an insight to the theme of escaation, something the movie is branded around.

The interrogation scene was stated by Director Christopher Nolan as "one of the central pieces to the film". The Director's intentions, through the use of great mirrors and long tiles creates a feeling of abattoir, that feeds the brutality of the scene. This is the point where Batman is truly tested by the Joker, as Harvey Dent clearly points out in the beginning, "you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." The synthesis of all the different elements within filmmaking all come in this scene.

At the start of the scene, it is almost as if the lights were out. The Director of Photography states that he had literally lit the scene with a mere desk lamp. However, when the lights do come on, the Batman is revealed, and the rest of the scene plays out with a massive overexposure. The incredibly intense overhead light was said to help the camera crew move in any direction, but further adds to the brutality of the scene, where the Director explains that the overhead exposure allows the viewer clearly grasp the forces of good and evil concealed within one room.

Furthermore, this scene is possibly about inverting the expectation. The traditional dark movie interrogation scene is where somebody is given the third degree, however, this scene completely overturns that view. The bright, harsh, bleak light shows you the Joker's make-up and its decay, and the Bat suit is also being shown in incredible detail, as the suit looks much more real and functional. The production designer, Nathan Crowley, states that "the whole scene was about showing something real and brutal and getting this real harshness-0 the lights allowed us to do that".

The camera too played a huge role in proposing brutality to the audience. At the beginning of the scene, everything is closer,


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