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Analyse and comment on the differences and similarities of the ways in which the two movie versions of "of mice and men" portray the events and characters.

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"Of Mice And Men" Media Coursework By Bernard Prelec Analyse and comment on the differences and similarities of the ways in which the two movie versions of "of mice and men" portray the events and characters. When we watch a film we are caught up in the story that it is telling and accept everything that happens on the screen as natural. In fact everything that we see has been carefully chosen and edited on the screen and within the actual storyline to have an effect on the watching audience. The camera is moved and people and objects are positioned in the frame; what people wear is carefully chosen and the settings are selected and prepared. Because of our experiences of films seen at the cinema or on television we have some expectations about what happens in the film, we expect to know what happens next, we expect a climax and an ending. The filmmaker also shapes what we think is going to happen by the opening sequence. The filmmaker has a number of ways to help the film such as costumes lighting cameras and props the audiences position in the film will depend on the way the filmmaker tells us the story In this assignment I am going to analyse and comment on the two movie versions of "Of mice and men". ...read more.


An example is when Carlson shoots Candy's old dog, and Candy lies down on the bed and tosses and turns in pain. In the movie, I actually felt sympathetic for Curley's wife since she seemed to always be the victim. This is something I had not felt in the book. Also, the very last scene when George shoots Lennie and then he starts to cry. In many ways the movie is very similar to the book. Right from the beginning of the movie you can see that Lennie has a mental illness, and George is taking care of him like a father. Also, you can tell that George gets impatient with Lennie numerous times and that he gets frustrated very easily. George and Lennie hide in the cornfield during this version of the film when they are escaping from the posse of men on horses with dogs, which are hunting them down. Also in the first movie George leaves unlike the novel we see Lennie being left behind and looking lonely, after George walks around he comes back to where he left Lennie. In the modern movie it starts off with George and Lennie being chased by the pose with horses and dogs, while this is happening while dramatic music is ...read more.


I thought this also and thought it was symbolism of how things don't change. As he finds Lennie the tension builds up and we are reminded what has happened, that Lennie is in a lot of trouble. As George approaches we can hear the posse just like the start and we think they are about to run away. But when George shoots Lennie while he is looking away we are very shocked as we didn't see him get a gun, and only just realised now what has to be done which is better than in the old movie which lacks suspense and drama. This suspense is what the film director is trying to bring to us, the audience, unlike the book an audience watching a film will enjoy it more if every scene is a surprise. In the movie versions the storyline is shortened and only the necessary scenes are added to the film including the most dramatic scenes, which capture the mood of the film, this is a carefully edited sequence, which has been planned in detail over time to get the point across and generate a genuine effect on the audience. This is done because unlike a book a movie only has approximately 15 min to attract the viewer rather than a book which could take 50 pages. ...read more.

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