the Ku Klux Klan withinthe southern states of the USA in 1964 is presented to the viewerthroughout Mississippi Burning (1988). Along with this issue of racism, thedirector Alan Parker also illustrates another important issue of corruptionwithin the film. A further sub-issue presented is the powerful effect andpain of murder. Additionally Alan Parker demonstrates justice in the finalshots which assembled his resolution. The issues that Alan Parkersuccessfully demonstrates throughout the film attract the viewer’sattention through its entertaining value while enabling the viewer toreflect on the ideas in the context through the techniques demonstrated.Racism is no dough the primary issue in the film and is most effectivelypresented though an audio code in the opening shots of the film.
After thecar with the Black nigro and two White civil rights workers is pulled overby what seems to be police vehicles, one of the police officers points arevolver at a one of the civil rights workers head and pulls the trigger.When tho trigger was pulled, the viewer glimpsed a shot of brains sprayedacross the other mans face then the screen went blank. At this time weperceive the sound of the police state “I go me a Nigger”.
This introducesracism to the film which is reveals the theme for the remaining context.Alan Parker illustrates murder best throughout the film through symbolicand technical codes. In the opening shots when the man was killed, theviewer glimpsed the brains across the man’s friend then the screen wentblank. The quick altering of transitions represented that the murder wasquick and the blank screen is very symbolic of death. The symbolic code wasused in the shots when the Black man was hanged in front of the burningchurch with the fire being symbolic of hell. The close up of the man’s feetswinging from fast then slowing is a symbolic code of body language and wasused successfully.
Although corruption is accruing in the opening shots, the most expressiveexample of it is revealed by an audio code when one FBI agents is viewedsinging a song to the other. The song is an anti-blacks White supremacistssong. The ironic fact that the people, who are supposed to protect theblacks against violent White supremacists, are White supremaciststhemselves.Justice is represented in this film as the resolution. Alan used acombination of a technical and written code to achieve this. He used atechnical element of first person view of a photo each with a member of theKu Klux Klan in it then added a written element by stating their name andsentence.
This combination was really successful at summarising theinvestigation which the movie was based on.The brilliance of Alan Parker and the issues possessed by the southernstates of the USA at 1964 have formed not just entertainment film but amovie that successful makes the viewer think and reflect on the text by thetechniques used.