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A film adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Sam Fanburg 12/11/05 Period 3 World Lit 2 Opportunity: A film adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude Intent We have reached an age, where most things are done through TV and cinema. It is unfortunate many people do not read many books anymore. People would rather sit for a few hours in a dark room eating popcorn and watching a screen. In my opinion it is necessary for more books to be adapted in films. Some people might argue whether a great book such as Madame Bovary and The Great Gatsby can shine in the same light with a film adaptation. With the film techniques available and the great talent this is very possible. I am a strong believer that watching an excellent movie on Pride and Prejudice or any other literary masterpiece is equal to reading the book. For this reason I have taken on the responsibility of adapting chapter 1 of One Hundred Years of Solitude. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a novel about a family, the Buendias living in a town called Macondo. The novel is postmodern. There are many instances where time jumps around. Along with the postmodernism feel there is also an element of magical realism. The magical realism is where characters can do things that are not possible in real life. In example of this is Remedios's ability to fly in the air and go away. ...read more.


As the man looks ahead he sees 7 men with guns getting ready to shoot him. One man brings a blind fold. As he ties the blind on to the eyes of the prisoner time reverses itself.) (Jose Arcadio Buendia is walking down the streets of Macondo. We see the houses of the inhabitants of the villagers and the scenery of the town. Suddenly a young boy walks out of a house and the two continue walking.) Aureliano Buendia: Father, what is happening? Jose Arcadio Buendia: The gypsies have returned to our town. Aureliano Buendia: Gypsies? JAB: Yes, Gypsies. They bring different tools that are necessary for the progression of our town. The last time they came they brought a magnet. It was magic! This tool could move house hold appliances. The leader of this band is named Melquiades and he has become a good friend of mine. (The two continue to walk as they encounter Melquiades and his troupe of gypsies) Melquiades: COME ONE, COME ALL SEE THE INVENTION THAT HAS ELIMINATED DISTANCE! JAB: Oh, how nice to see you Melquiades, what invention have you brought this time. Melquiades: A telescope. Pay me 5 reales and you will be aloud to see this invention. (Urgently JAB and Aureliano Buendia pay, and walk into a huge red tent.) Gypsy #1: (talking to JAB) Look through this telescope and everything will be magnified. ...read more.


Discouraged he goes the other two ways he has yet to travel to, finding water. JAB returns home.) JAB: MACANDO IS DAMNED TO HAVE WATER ON ALL FOUR SIDES OF IT! Progress will never come. We shall live here in solitude for the remainder of our days. Ursula: What is so wrong about that? JAB: We will never become modernized and science, the true calling of my life will never come here. Ursula: Why don't you spend some time with your children, you hardly see them anymore. (JAB began to teach his children many lessons of life and subjects such as geography, mathematics, and sciences. One day their lesson was interrupted by a loud BOOOOOOOOOM!) Aureliano Buendia: What has happened father? (JAB quickly grabs his children and runs into the square, he runs into a gypsy who grins at him with gold teeth. He ran everywhere to search for Melquiades.) JAB: (to Gypsy #1) Where is Melquiades? JAB: (to Gypsy #2) Where is Melquiades? JAB: (to Gypsy #3) Where is Melquiades? (JAB continued to ask gypsies until he encountered the tent where Melquiades was setting up his tent.) Gypsy #5: Melquiades has perished in our travels around the world. (Gasped with horror he refused to believe it. Just then a gypsy brought JAB a box, he opened it, and gasped.) JAB: (quickly forgetting about Melquiades) It's the largest diamond in the world! Gypsy #6: No it is ice, and five more reales to touch it again. JAB: (quickly paying the price) THIS IS THE GREATEST INVENTION OF OUR TIME! WORD COUNT: 1472 ...read more.

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