"Witness for the Prosecution (1957)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Court drama cause I have an increased interest in the last few years due to the fact that I am a law student and cinephile. That is why the "Witness for the Prosecution" caught my attention. A little later I learned that this picture is an adaptation of the play, which, in turn, delivered based on a short story by Agatha Christie. And although I am not familiar with the play, the story I read with great pleasure, because in my time, I'm also fond of detective stories of this great writer. But after reading this work, I made a very unusual conclusion. It turns out that to get more pleasure from the "prosecution witness", you must first see a screen version, and then, immediately, to read a story.
The plot of the book and the film adaptation of works almost similar. But the story was very small in volume, representing essentially a brief retelling of the film. In turn, the film, whose duration is two hours, not in a hurry. It allows us to get acquainted with the site of action, provides us with excellent dialogues, details of court proceedings (of which the book was two words) and, most importantly, reveals the characters. That's what really lacking in the story. And this is how the characters that were present in the story, and the new, which added. Some images are revealed at once, some throughout the film. For this purpose, it will be used even flashbacks.
Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) was simply superb. Smart, honest and incredibly cunning (he was even given the nickname "Sly Fox") lawyer. Weak body, but incredibly strong spirit. Despite his poor health, he was eager to take on new criminal charges, because this work is a necessity of life for him. But before you take on the mysterious murder of a wealthy elderly lady, he must use his wits to outsmart Miss Plimsoll (Elsa Lanchester). She - the nurse that was assigned to the Sir Wilfrid monitor his health. At first it can be confusing to her empty and meaningless chatter. But then it becomes clear that the Sir Wilfrid would have a very, very hard to outsmart annoying nurse. Because a sharp mind, tremendous enthusiasm and responsibility towards the patient considerably complicate this task. And skirmish which arise between them in the film create good comic moments. Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), is accused of murder. At first a little surprised that calmness with which he says that is a suspect in the murder. But in the court of this calm as a hand lift. I will never forget it with a grimace of horror on his face, pouring sweat, trying to prove prisazhennym that he is not guilty of this terrible crime. And the main star of the film is Christine Vole (Marlene Dietrich). The same witness. It was from her testimony envy the fate of the accused. And thanks to the excellent acting Marlene Dietrich outcome will be uncertain until the last minutes of the film.
But none of this compares to an essential element of how the book works well as the film adaptation. Ending. It was because of her, I strongly recommend reading the story before seeing the film. It is so amazing that it tell the uninitiated person anyway that commit a mortal sin. The only thing I can tell about it is the fact that it is less logical than in the story, but a fair
last element that I personally liked -. The court. I have already mentioned that in the film the trial shows incredible detail. And I became interested in the court because of my future profession. After all, Britain is the birthplace of the Anglo-Saxon legal system, which is interesting because in it, to decide the outcome of the case only a few precedents need. So if all of this for you is not an empty sound, the film will bring you much more fun.
As a result, "Witness for the Prosecution" is not only one of the best detectives and court dramas, but also one of the best adaptations I've ever seen In my life. Peerless masterpiece, which even after 60 years looks incredibly easy and from whom you can get great pleasure.

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