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Post  Polidano on Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:44 pm

How was director M. Night Shyamalan able to trick audiences into believing that Dr. Crane was alive, when he actually wasn't?


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Post  Tommy De La Pena on Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:48 pm

Cleverly hidden until the end of the film, M. Night Shyamalan effectively used Malcolm and the people that he "interacts" with to create the illusion that he is actually alive throughout the movie. While it is subtle, certain actions and words from characters make it appear as if Malcolm Crowe is certainly still living despite almost facing death a year ago. This idea is made apparent after the scene in which he is shot by a past patient. Sitting on a bench and appearing to have recovered from that incident, Malcolm is depicted as carrying notes, a briefcase, and other physical items that any ordinary man would have. By interacting with Cole later on, we still think that he is alive due to him talking casually to the boy and addressing the incident as something that created a rift between him and his wife after he recovered. In which the possibility of him being dead is only introduced when Cole says that he sees dead people who sometimes act like they are still alive. However, M. Night Shyamalan uses other characters to maintain this illusion. By positioning actors in a way in which they seem to be addressing each other to an extent (Such as the scene where Cole's mother and Dr. Malcolm are sitting in the living room), the audience believes that Dr. Crowe is alive throughout most of the film since he appears to interact with a multitude of people. This is especially used when he is around his wife. Such as the anniversary scene. Arriving late in what seemed like a scheduled engagement, Malcolm sits down at a dinner table with his wife who appears to be frustrated with him for being late and ignoring him as a result. By having her character pass glances toward his general direction and appearing to refuse his offer to pay the bill, it certainly does look like Malcolm is actually alive during this scene and that his wife is simply disregarding him. One last example that I shall mention is when he witnesses his wife about to kiss a man within her jewelry store. By having Malcolm physically affect the real world by smashing the glass door of the store in a fit of rage, it also reinforces the idea that he is still alive since it is something that only a human could actually do (The only physical interaction that we have seen a ghost have being the scratches inflicted on Cole). While there are many more examples hidden throughout the film, they each serve their purpose of fooling the audience. Due to this, M. Night Shymalan managed to surprise many audiences with the twist he introduces in the end.

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Post  cerezok on Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:10 pm

In the movie "The Sixth Sense" directed by M.Night Shyamala is able to trick the audience by subtle actions and words said and done by Malcom and Cole. Although in the beginning of movie he gets shot by his patient the director creates an illusion that he is still alive in many scenes. For example when Malcom passes by his wife's jewelry shop he smashes the window thus portraying that he is alive. Furthermore when he arrives at the restaurant late his wife looks upset which results into her not
acknowledging him; which makes it look realistic that Malcolm is there in person.

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How was director M. Night Shyamalan able to trick audiences into believing that Dr. Crane was alive, when he actually wasn't?

Post  dannyd76 on Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:47 pm

M. Night Shyamalan was able to trick audiences into believing Dr. Crane was alive because he made the movie in a way that if
Crane was speaking to someone the person wouldn't hear them or was angry at him like when he showed up to the restaurant late on his anniversary and his wife just grabbed the bill and didn't acknowledge Crane at all. Crane had no wounds or anything that would show death occurred around him. After Crane is shot it skips ahead a year and starts off with Crane following Cole into the church as if he survived and continued on with his life. Actors are placed in the movie to look like they could see him and could've possibly been speaking with him. Crane carried around his brief case and his notes as if he was a normal working person so he fit in with society. All of these things make it very hard for audiences to detect that Crane was dead the entire time.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  reema_balouch on Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:03 pm

Director M. Night Shyamalan successfully fooled audiences into thinking that Dr.Crowe was alive until the big plot twist at the end where Malcom and the audiences discovered he had been dead the whole time. We see Malcom getting shot, but when the following scene slides in he appears to have recovered and continued his work the next fall. We see him looking at Vincent Gray's files then onto a new boy named Cole. With Dr.Crowe following Cole and always attempting to have chats with him while ignoring the people they surround it creates the illusion that Malcom purposely just wants to focus on Cole and get his job done like a good doctor. We believe he is real because even though there are others people around them they are not interacting with them because it is not necessary in that moment or time. We also see Malcom holding door handles and proceeding to the basement to listen to recording, read books and proceed with his work. He still has emotion and gets frustrated or tired like any human being making us think that he is still alive. Even the scenes with his wife, we think that it is normal that they are not talking because he keeps coming home late every night and they play it out like they're just having a rough patch in their relationship which causes her to be angry with him. By being late for their anniversary dinner and the wife taking the bill then looking up exactly where Malcom would be sitting and saying happy anniversary makes us think that he is truly there. Also, the scene where his wife is spotted with another man and Malcom is able to physically break the window makes it realistic to think that he is alive to do that. The director does a good job in portraying Malcom to be alive that Dr.Crowe himself is in shock when he realizes he was dead the whole time.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  sophie sorhaitz on Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:41 pm

I think that he was able to trick the audience into thinking that Mr. Crane was alive because towards the beginning of the movie you saw him sitting in a room the boys mother which made you think that she was talking to him and that she could see him. He also was always at like school plays for him and it just made everything seem so real and like other people were talking to him and other people could see him and because he was helping The boy and he couldn't to the other ghosts that the little boy could so it made us think that he was alive.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  zoyadavis on Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:32 pm

In the movie you see a real connection between Cole and Dr. Crowe and the audience assume it to be a living one. You also know what happens with Dr. Crowe so he also builds a connection with the audience. Dr. Crowe believes he is human and in return we also do, he goes through the motions of a living human would do and we almost don't notice that he doesn't talk to anyone but Cole. We also don't notice that he never directly moves objects also his wife seems to ignore him and we chalk it up to be a problem with their relationship and not the fact that he is dead. As well as the fact that he doesn't have any visible wounds from the night he was shot. We also barley acknowledge that he never changes his clothes. He also isn't able to open the door leading down to the basement, and every time we see him in the basement, we don't see how he got there, we just make assumptions. All these little things make sense in the end when we find out that he is not alive and is actually a ghost going through the motions of a living person.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  amychristina on Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:39 pm

Shyamalan was able to hide the fact that Dr. Crowe is actually dead exceptionally well. After watching the movie, some scenes that have fooled me before are much easier to understand now, such as the very first transition from Malcolm being shot to him sitting outside on a bench waiting for Cole. I believe it's unusual for someone to die very early in a movie, especially someone with a pretty big character portrayal, so having him seem perfectly normal and healthy on that bench gives us relief that Crowe's lived from the accident. It gets a little weird when Cole runs from his house to the church with Malcolm on his trail, but the feeling of something being off is hidden with us seeing that Cole has acute anxiety and that he is not good around others, so we think he just wants to be alone. They actually do chat in the church which proves to us that Crowe is alive. Next, when Cole's mom and Crowe are sitting in her living room in front of one another and waiting for the boy to get home makes us think that Crowe and her just had a nice long chat about Cole and how he's doing and stuff like that. Cole also looks right at Malcolm as soon as he turns around so that reminds us that he can still be in contact with Crowe. Scenes with his wife in the restaurant and in the jewellery store are kind of awkward but believable, as we mistake her sadness for anger when she's eating alone and looking up in Malcolm's general direction while he's talking, and as he is actually able to break glass in the store window when he sees his wife almost kissing another man. We also think she is angry when she says, "Happy anniversary" and storms out after he had apologized for being late. Some other scenes like the one at the school play and him in the funeral home of the little girl are able to trick us into thinking that Malcolm's alive and kicking, when Crowe sits in the far back of the crowd, and though he doesn't converse with anyone, he sits close enough that Cole can still see him there. Malcolm also cannot see ghosts (since ghosts themselves only see what they want to see) and that is proved when Cole stops in the center of the hallway when coming across three hanging ghosts. In the funeral home, Malcolm also doesn't talk to anyone here besides Cole, but him standing in the crowd and watching Cole give the father the tape that his dead daughter had on her was enough to prove us otherwise of Crowe's actual condition. In all of the scenes, we never see any of Crowe's hands up close (except for when he grabs the red doorknob in his house with his right hand) and we don't ever realize that he isn't wearing his wedding ring. Crowe's bullet wound and pool of blood on his shirt are also covered by his jacket during the entire movie to keep us away from possibly thinking that he's dead. All of this makes for an effective and emotional ending to the movie once we find out the truth and though the realization is over quick, M. Night Shyamalan gives us ample time to address and respect the situation so we can enjoy the movie as a whole.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  jacob kennedy on Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:49 pm

He fools the audience by buy building a relationship with Cole and Malcom which gives the illusion that he is real. Also at the beginning of the film we don't know that Cole sees dead people until later he reveals it to Malcom in the Hospital. M. Night Shyamalan also sets up the scenes where it feels like dr.Crowe is a part of the conversation, An example of this is the scene where he is sitting with Coles mother and this where Cole first meets DR. Crowe. Cole only started talking to Dr. Crowe when his mother left the room .Another example is when Malcom Crowe sits down for dinner with his wife for their anniversary and he is "late". This gave the impression to the audience that his wife was ignoring him because he was late but really Malcom Crowe is dead and she cant hear him and she is talking to her self and is very sad.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  Marielle M on Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:19 pm

M. Night Shyamalan tricked audiences into believing that Malcolm Crowe was alive by never explicitly showing he was dead until the very end of the movie. After he gets shot in the movie, a time transition happens where it appears that Dr. Crowe has recovered. No funeral or anything indicating his death was shown, so the audience assumes he never actually died. The hints of him being a ghost were subtle, such as him always wearing the same sweater or only being able to interact with Cole and could be easily missed by an audience focusing solely on the story. The scenes where Malcolm is inferred to be interacting with other people, such as the anniversary dinner with his wife and sitting in the room with Cole's mother, are staged in such a way as to give the impression that Dr. Crowe is seen by everyone even though nobody else (besides Cole when he is present) ever actually reacts to him being there. Malcolm's obliviousness to his own situation in the movie also makes it easier for the director to fool the audience into thinking he is alive. Since Malcolm believes he is alive, and the audience views the story primarily through Malcolm's perspective, the audience too immediately assumes that he is alive. Additionally, in the majority of films, the characters on-screen are, in fact, alive, making the conclusion that Dr. Crowe is dead without any sort of obvious prompting an unlikely one for the audience to arrive at.

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M. Night Film Trick of Dr. Crowe

Post  marlonG99 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:35 pm

The way M. Night Shyamalan was able to trick the audience by subtly gives a hint to the audience of how Dr. Crowe and his wife's relationship. The scene of the restaurant where they were on their anniversary, his wife ignores his comments and remarks about the incident of how one of his old patients broke into his house and shot him; the wife grabs the check before he can and also the way the chair is position to make no indication of how he's already. Also of how everyone around Dr. Crowe didn't notice him like in the scene where he takes one of his patients to master or come to terms with his powers, you notice that the other members of the family didn't even speak or even touch him.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  angelG on Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:57 pm

the movie the sixth sense was very cleverly put together in order to make it seem like the guy wasnt dead the entire movie. Theres a bunch of hints like hes wearing the same clothes the whole movie and the basement door is always locked but he ends up down there anyways and the obvious but really suttle one is when hes "talking" to people, hes really just sitting there but the other person cant see or hear him. Even though people cant see or hear him (besides the kid that sees ghosts) the scenes are put together lile they really are talking, like the scene in the resturant where it seems like his wife is ignoring him or when hes sitting in front of cole's mom and it looks like shes looking at him.

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Re: The Sixth Sense

Post  Paolo12 on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:32 am

In the movie the sixth sense, the director M. Night Shyamalan was able to trick the audience into believing that Dr. Crowe was alive because of the things that happened in the movie. Dr. Crowe and Cole built a strong relationship with eachother which made it seem he was alive. Also he would sit at the table and make it look like he was having a conversation but really he was dead. You need to watch the movie over again to realize the things that Dr. Crowe would do to make it seem like he was alive.

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how did he trick us that he was alive

Post  Graemelynch on Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:12 pm

I think that M. Night tricks us by making Malcolm such a realistic 3D character. He doesn't make Malcolm the stereotypical ghost that has only one mission and mopes around everywhere. M. Night gives Malcolm a personality, he makes sure he seems like a real person ensuring that Malcolm acts "normally". The only tell tale signs are when Malcolm is interacting with other people that are alive. Even then, he shrouds those moments with Malcolm's normality to a point where we only look back and realize he is dead after the movie ends. M. Night did an amazing job at keeping Malcolm's "secret" a secret until the end of the film.

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Post  Serinadacosta on Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:40 am

The director was able to not show that Dr. Crow is not alive in the movie because he would always make it look like him and his wife are in a fight. It also was difficult to notice because Cole would always make its seem like he was alive. Which made us start noticing that Mr.Crow was dead because when Mr.Crow was getting mad the guy that came out of the house and when he was yell at the man, the man drove away like he didn't here anything.

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