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If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling by Patti Bellantoni

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Anxious, Angry, and Romantic Reds

Anxious Reds

The Sixth Sense

1999. Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, Toni Collette.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Cinematography:

Tak Fujimoto; Production Design: Larry Fulton.

Heroes, Icons, and Demons

Early in the film a door opens and Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) scurries from his house with the faded red curtains and disappears through a bright red door to a church. Inside the church carpeted in red, this strange and timid boy and his small army of toy soldiers find momentary sanctuary. As Cole leaves, he snatches a red-robed statue of Jesus and stuffs it into his coat. Once back in his room, he places the statue alongside an army of religious icons, standing at attention, in wait for the terrifying ...

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