Short story to Film Compare and Contrast
The Killers vs. It had to be Murder Short story to Film
A film adaptation consists of a derivative work such as a novel or play that is then integrated and turned into a screenplay for a short or major motion picture film. In a novel characters can be build up upon incidents and dramatizations that can be familiarized and spoken to the readers. In order for a film to capture the character arches on screen, dialogue, a sense of the character, and the actions that take place must be used in order for the audience to receive the same feeling and message that the novel pushed across. Two world renown short stories, “The Killers,” by Ernest Hemingway and “It had to be Murder,” by Cornell Woolrich, are original novels that were later then adapted into major motion pictures.
“Rear Window,” is a 1954 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes, based upon the short story “It had to be Murder.” This film was not only considered by many filmgoers and critiques to be the one of Hitchcock’s best, but was also considered one of the best short story to film adaptations. Although the film has major differences between itself and the novel, Hitchcock’s adaptation was very well done. With many difficulties upon changing a novel that is completely internalized within the main character’s, Jeffries, mind, the point of view is seen and spoken to the readers on his internal thoughts and gives a suspenseful taste in that he is completely immobile and can only see and hear that of which can be seen from his apartment balcony. In the sense that the readers must travel on a journey in Jeffries’ point of view, there is an intimate connection that the readers can easily obtain while moviegoers must receive near the end of the film after attaching themselves to the story upon being passive onlookers. In the film many key elements were changed not only because it was for Hollywood and to catch the eye of an...