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Let the Right One In$
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Anne Billson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733506

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.001.0001

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Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about Oskar's school in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, which is introduced by an establishing shot and framed by the entrance to an underpass. The chapter explains how establishing shots play a role that is more important than merely labelling the location or providing rhythmic punctuation. It also considers the passing of an entire day in Let the Right One In, which is conveyed with a single brief scene of Oskar in the classroom or being bullied. The chapter points out the daylight scenes that seem to become even shorter, almost perfunctory, while the night-time or Eli's domain become increasingly dominant as the story progresses. It highlights Håkan in John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel of Let the Right One In, who is unambiguously a paedophile and a former teacher who was fired from his job and became a vagrant until 'rescued' by Eli.

Keywords:   Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, establishing shot, daylight scenes, John Ajvide Lindqvist

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