Module C

Title: Gandhi
Director: Richard Attenborough
Year of Production or Source: 1982
Text Type: Epic Biographical Film

1. How has the composer represented competing political perspectives.

‘Gandhi’ is a biographical film that depicts competing political perspectives of British colonialism in India up until India gains its independence. The Indians are represented by pacifist attorney Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who peacefully protests for independence, whilst the British perspective is represented by multiple English viceroys and other officials who believe in British superiority and authority in India. The competing perspectives are seen most clearly in a dialogue between key Indian figureheads for independence, led by Gandhi, placed on side of the table and the British Viceroy and officials on the opposite side emphasising the different political perspectives. The director uses close and mid-level shots showing the facial expression of the viceroy as he conveys with a neutral face of the prospect of ‘compromise’, which then drops to a slight frown as Gandhi interrupts by saying no then and sharing his perspective saying, “You must realise that you are masters in someone else’s home,” and ends with a close up on Gandhi’s face where he says, “it is time you left.”   The director then cuts to a mid-level shot of the exasperated viceroy as he sits down and a British official speaks up putting forward the competing British perspective saying, “Without British administration, this country would be reduced to chaos.”

2. How does the above compare or contrast with corresponding political perspectives in Henry IV Part 1?

Similarly, in Henry IV Part 1, competing political perspectives can also be found. One such example being between the Percy family, particularly Hotspur, and King Henry. Hotspur and the Percy family feel as if they have been wronged and rebel against what they see as injustice done against them and believe the king has no right to rule....