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One of a kind family jail movie

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The shawshank redemption
drama thriller
Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Ganton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown
Premiere: October 24, 2019

To be honest, instead of talking about cinema in a historical context, literally the following should be printed here in capital letters: “Escape from the Shawshank” after several years of rivalry with “The Godfather” became the number one film based on the results of a vote by users of imdb.com. Almost half a million voted, more than half of them were generous at the maximum rating. What else would a filmmaker dream about?

It is in this assessment of the nameless network users, and not in the sentimental story of a prison accountant with two lifetimes – the main plot and drama of the film. It doesn’t matter whether or not the writer Frank Darabont (“Escape from the Shawshank” his directorial debut) set his goal to coincide with millions, the main thing is that he succeeded. Moreover, Darabont managed to solve a much more difficult problem: he showed what the ideal adaptation of Stephen King should be. Prior to him, perhaps Brian de Palme (“Carrie”) was able to discern material in King’s prose for a full-fledged cinematic statement. The rest, even the most pompous adaptations of the writer, are only strong handicrafts with eerie oddities in the script.
It was hard to expect this from the screenwriter of numerous Tales from the Crypt, the third Nightmare on Elm Street and the second Flies, but Darabont was able to inject a fair amount of old-fashioned Hollywood respectability into King’s story, which fit into a work written with an eye on this very Hollywood. Selling rights for one dollar to his friend Frank Darabonte, the author admitted that he wrote the story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” as tribute to the classic prison dramas – “cold-blooded hatches”, fugitive convicts and other Alcatraz prisoners. So Darabont could only put into the background a cunning plot move with an escape – until the very end, nothing portends the outcome appearing in the title – and bring optics to human relations.

As the sensitive Roger Ebert noted: “It’s incredible to say this about prison drama, but“ Shawshank Redemption ”fills the viewer’s heart with warmth and makes you feel like a member of a big loving family.” Well, it’s hard to disagree with him. The main character of the film, the financial genius Andy Dufrain, lives under the guise of a library worm and altruist, while “Escape from the Shawshank” itself very successfully pretends to be a tough story, being, in fact, a melodrama of family use. The proper softness factor in an aggressive penitentiary environment is provided by the noble voice-over voice of Morgan Freeman and a measured pace, which the director diligently supports.
Neglecting the harsh nature, Darabont focused on everyday affairs. Instead of preparing to escape from the most terrible prison, we observe gatherings in the dining room, walks around the yard, the first attempts at socialization and fights with sexually active jocks. Like at school. Posters in Andy’s cell measure time. First, Rita Hayworth (The Guild, 1946), then Marilyn Monroe (The Itch of the Seventh Year, 1955), and then Raquel Welch (The Million Years BC, 1966): a wonderful teenage set, three women who lit up a gloomy male kingdom fenced off from the rest of the world.

Evaluate the central conflict: an uncompromising dispute with the stern “father” – the chief of the Shoushenka – for the right to leave his father’s house. Andy, who escapes from a prison that has become his home (or maybe from a house that has become his prison), is essentially born to a new life. He slides past Raquel Welch, hanging on the wall of the “neighbor’s girl,” and overcomes the cleaning kilometers of the sewer pipe. Like yesterday’s tenth grader, he is eager for Mexico, the sea, the sun. Twenty years have passed. It’s time to live your life.

As the sensitive Roger Ebert noted: “It’s incredible to say this about prison drama, but“ Shawshank Redemption ”fills the viewer’s heart with warmth and makes you feel like a member of a big loving family.” Well, it’s hard to disagree with him. The main character of the film, the financial genius Andy Dufrain, lives under the guise of a library worm and altruist, while “Escape from the Shawshank” itself very successfully pretends to be a tough story, being, in fact, a melodrama of family use. The proper softness factor in an aggressive penitentiary environment is provided by the noble voice-over voice of Morgan Freeman and a measured pace, which the director diligently supports.

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