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A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's Lord of the Flies: the Brook version (1960's) and the Harry Hook version (1990's). The two cinematic versions of William Golding's Lord of the Flies are very different

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"The Lord of the Flies" By William Golding A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's Lord of the Flies: the Brook version (1960's) and the Harry Hook version (1990's). The two cinematic versions of William Golding's Lord of the Flies are very different. They still both deal dramatically with the basic theme, of a group of boys who have come from a strict and ordered background to becoming like savages, hunting, and killing like blood-thirsty animals. The book deals with issues which relate to the Cold War between the United States of America and Russia which is better reflected in the Brook version rather than the Harry Hook version. I generally think this is because at the time when the Brook version was made, the world was under nuclear threat which made it easier for people to understand the consequences of war and what devastation could be caused if a war was taking place. There are clear differences between the Peter Brook version of the film and the Hook version. Obviously the Hook version is more technical due to it being made at a later date. But there are also differences within the film which add to the drama and the suspense. One key difference is that Harry introduces us to a pilot in his version, whereas in Brook's version he sticks to the book and shows nothing about any pilot. Other main modifications that Harry Hook has made on the Brook version are not only changes in the text but in the group of boys which get stranded on the island. In the Brook version the boys are a group of young British public school boys, whereas in the newer version Hook has introduced us to a group of American cadets. Both of these are a good idea as the background of both groups of boys are the same more or less: follow strict regimes, are from ordered societies and also from much disciplined environments. ...read more.

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The contrast between them is clearly shown when they both go to play in the sea. The first one to get undressed quickly and jump into the sea is Ralph whereas Piggy is the one that is very slow, cumbersome and finds it very awkward to get undressed. It comes to my attention that Ralph has maybe become a little less frightened at the aspect of being on the island. Piggy cannot go in the water "on a count of his asthma" according to his aunt at home and he tells Ralph this. Bringing up the subject of home and family again and the rules he has to follow. This individually for me sets up images in my mind of Piggy at home, and how scared he must be of losing anything that belongs to the old world. Hence the reason Piggy (the home bird in my eyes) keeps his uniform on as long as he physically can. Hook however has not only made it easier for the viewer to understand the uncertainty the boys have, but has also added further suspense and mystery to the establishing island scene by using a variety of different backgrounds, and using outlines of shapes of the forest and shadows. When we first see the boys entering the new found island, we are given a long shot and then the outline of a mountain, then instantly we are given a close up on the boy's faces so the fear and the nerves can be shown. It is almost as if the island is opening up and greeting them. Additionally the director has decided to continue using the blue background which I believe is suggesting that there is still uncertainty. Hook has furthermore made a decision to use silhouettes and a simple outline to build up more tension for the observer; additionally he keeps the boys as a group due to the fact of none of the boys actually being identified at that particular stage. ...read more.

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is better because in the Hook version it is sometimes not apparent what the actors are saying due to them having a strong American accent. Whilst establishing the island Brook immediately puts images onto the screen which suggest Piggy is going to have difficulty coping with the forest with all the "creeper things." On the other hand Hook chooses to first show the protagonist of the play, Ralph. I generally believe the way Hook established the island was far better than Brooks for the simple reason the director of the colour version gets straight to the point of showing who the main characters are. As a modern viewer I think that Hook's interpretation is much more effective in capturing the main themes, and furthermore is more effective than the Brook version. I also believe that Hook stresses the point about the loss of identity more than the director of the black and white film does which adds to the tension and drama to the play. The issues which are brought up in the Hook's interpretation are more relevant to today by giving the film modern touches such as the glow stick, which makes the film far more easily to relate to. The disappointing side to the film is that in some areas the American accent can come over quite strong and can be difficult to understand. This is where I feel the Brook version is better due to the language and accent used. Conclusively I feel both films are giving out the message that laws and rules are definitely necessary to keep the darker side of human nature in line, when even all elements of civilization disappear on the island, the boys revert to a more primitive part of their nature, and they turn into savages and anarchy replaces democracy. Society holds everyone together and without civilization and rules, the boy's ideals, values, and basic ideas of what is right and wrong is forgotten, and the evils of human nature emerge. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1/11 Sarah Biggs 10 Red ...read more.

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