All of the clothes Malcolm wears during the film are items he wore or touched the evening before his death, which included his overcoat, his blue rowing sweatshirt and the different layers of his suit. Night Shyamalan's family are doctors and the director himself assumed, as a kid, that he would grow up to be a doctor. The scene was meant to be much longer but he thought he was so terrible in it that he trimmed it right back.
This is the third article about The Sixth Sense. The first is herethe second here.
The articles about the other films can be found in this overview. As for motifs, we will look at ancientness vs. The article will end with an analysis of the post-funeral sequence, which constitutes a short film unto itself within the larger structure of The Sixth Sense.
For readers unfamiliar with the story of The Sixth Sense, here is a basic outline of the premise. In order to discuss the film properly, I will have to reveal the whole plot, including the major plot twist at the end.
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Let us start out the present discussion with another, very subtle example. This is from the first of the two scenes where Cole and Malcolm meet up inside a church.
We see five shots of Malcolm the below collage has only room for four: In all of the shots, except briefly when Malcolm turns around to start talking to Cole in the leftmost shot, a light on the wall is always visible over his head.
In the next shot of Malcolm, the light has suddenly gone out. The black object right over his head used to contain the light. It is as if the extinguished light symbolises his disappointment and his dashed hopes and efforts.
So the arch was employed for an elegant transition between scenes, but the means are so subtle that they will hardly register consciously with the viewer.
Connecting these scenes is thematically meaningful, too, since Malcolm will make as little progress with his wife Anna as with Cole. A similar parallel, also in two scenes following each other, will occur later, when both the mind-reading scene and the restaurant scene end with Cole and Anna, respectively, leaving Malcolm.
The transition also uses doors, lights and arches, which are all important motifs of the film, so we can say that Shyamalan is writing a small sentence here, its syntax and words in a language specifically created for this film.
Please allow me to digress a bit on the subconscious angle: I had just seen Room Rodney Ascher, before I suddenly discovered both the business with the light and the head movement, which until then had gone unnoticed for about twenty analysis viewings of The Sixth Sense.
Incidentally, there are hardly any continuity errors at all in The Sixth Sense, beyond the minuscule nit-picking listed on the IMDb. The only major claim, that there would not be any room by the sofa for the bare floor space where the ring rolled out, seems not to hold up. The window is almost as important as the characters.
It serves as a bittersweet reminder of the real cause of the rift between them: We also now see that there is a metal barrier in the window — to prevent future break-ins? During the dinner scene, Lynn and Cole quarrel about whether he has taken her bumblebee pendant, a keepsake after her own mother.
The doll is most prominent in size at exactly the point when Cole finally denies having taken the pendant. Later it is revealed that it is indeed the ghost of his grandmother that moved it from its original place. The above examples function as a sort of indicator from the director.
The following two situations are not strictly about backgrounds, but serve as an indicator that even a shot with minimal use of scenography can be meaningful. First Cole is approaching the kitchen, thinking that it is his mother who is up, but it is actually a ghost who makes all the noise: The telephone wire is twisted, just like the fact that he will witness a twisted version of his mother.
From the perhaps most visually arresting scene of the film — almost entirely built around circles and spirals. There are several circles-within-circles on the collar, the thick red one reminiscent of the balloon."One Son" is the twelfth episode from the sixth season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files.
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It's a brilliant scene, writing, acting, directing. But in that moment (turn it up and listen for the bass synth drone to kick in) Trent Reznor earned an oscar.
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