TAKE TWO! CAN YOU REPEAT THE PAST? The two films are very fascinating in comparison, and if anything made me appreciated the other more, both of these movies have major differences to the novel. Upon viewing the 1974 rendition, I can sort of appreciate how Jack Clayton and Francis Ford Coppola were attempting to make the novel “cinematic” in a 1970s kind of way. The film may have actually turned out to be a great if it wasnt for some of these issues that I’ll get to in a touch.
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.
Ray Bradbury and Kurt Wimmer demonstrate the overpowering themes of censorship and utopian societies gone corrupt, in a convincing manor. In the film and book, many of the characters go through the same emotional journeys due to their restrictive societies and censorship, which are the main themes. The settings in these literary works are also very similar. After thoroughly reading this novel and watching this movie, it is quite clear that utopian societies lead to destruction. Censorship often leads to rebellion, as it had in Fahrenheit 451 and Equilibrium.
How does Double Indemnity establish its centre as a Film Noir? There are many aspects of the film ‘Double Indemnity’, directed by Billy Wilder, 1944 which establish its centre as a Film Noir. Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize moral ambiguity and sexual motivation. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. One aspect of the film which labels it as a Film Noir, is the Low-Key lighting used throughout the film; the effect of which creates dramatic shadow patterning and light/dark contrasts.
Perhaps the two most famous works of short fiction by the acclaimed science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron and Welcome to the Monkey House also share a number of thematic concerns. In addition, both stories have been widely misinterpreted in a way that is inconsistent with the intentions of their author and with Vonnegut’s work as a whole. Such misinterpretations mirror those simplistic readings of other dystopian works such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Harrison Bergeron portrays a future where “everyone is equal” in a way that is strikingly literal. Athletic people are forced to have their bodies weighed down, beautiful people are forced to cover up and smart people have their thoughts interrupted periodically with large blasts of noise.
Many people’s concept of the “psycho” or psychotic comes from how they have been portrayed in film and literature. One of the more popular portrayals of madness in my generation comes from the film, “The Silence of the Lambs”, directed by Jonathan Demme, and based on the novel by Thomas Harris. Another character from classic literature that fits most people’s definition of madness is R.M. Renfield from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. While they are both considered “psycho” or “evil” and could be lumped into the same category, they are in fact two examples of very different creatures.
One example of this is Chillingworth’s appearance. The author of the movie apparently saw Roger Chillingworth as a grungy, older man. However, when I read the Scarlet Letter, I viewed Chillingworth as a somewhat good looking man that had a menacing smile and somewhat wolf-like features. The Chillingworth I imagined seemed capable and lively, not frail and painfully slow. Another difference I noticed when viewing the movie was that Hester’s scarlet “A” was very flashy.
John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men is often considered a classic work of American literature – its gritty realism stuck a chord with critics and readers during the Great Depression in which the novel takes place, and with its strong imagery yet accessible prose, it tackled many of the same themes that would later appear in Steinbeck’s famed novel The Grapes of Wrath, particularly the impossibility of and disillusionment with the “American Dream”. The majority of the characters in Of Mice and Men express a desire to chase the alusive American Dream. The focal point of the story is George and Lennie's desire to have a piece of property that is all their own and to "live off the fatta the lan". (15). They build their dream up to such an
Along with the unique style, the themes of cynical attitudes and sexual motivations are just as important in these movies and it was something different from what had been in movies previously. Films noir’s biggest contribution to film history is the impact it had on movies that would follow. The classic period of film noir in the 40’s and 50’s influenced movies in the following decades like “Basic Instinct”, “Fargo”, “Memento”, and “Chinatown”. Directors like Christopher Nolan, the Coen brothers, and Quentin Tarantino have made movies that reflect the genre. Film noir is something a little bit different for the audience to enjoy than the classical love story, comedy, horror, and children films that are made year in and year out.
Edgar Allan poe was known to be the pioneer of the horror and science fiction genre. he was born on 19 January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of actors Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins and David Poe. his parents passed away when he was at the age of 3. after the death of his parents, he was taken in by a wealthy merchant from richmond named john allan and his wife frances. Edgar Allan Poe's psychological thrillers and his investigations of the depth of the human psyche brought him fame during and after his lifetime. he was a gifted writer and in his stories, he provided detailed analysis of the human psyche which surpassed the conventional psychological theories of that time.