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How Does Peter Brook(TM)s Film Adaptation Of The Book, Lord Of The Flies, Differ From The Modern Version?

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How Does Peter Brook's Film Adaptation Of The Book, Lord Of The Flies, Differ From The Modern Version? The novel, Lord Of The Flies, has been adapted for film twice, once by Peter Brook and his 1963 film adaptation and in 1990 by Harry Hook. The two films are, although based on the same book, entirely different. The obvious differences are the time in which they filmed, but there are more differences that allow the audience to, providing they have seen both films, interpret the book differently, perhaps because of the social change and advances in technology based on the years they were filmed. Of the two, it is clear to see that Peter Brook's interpretation is a more accurate version of the novel and is reputed to be an excellent reflection of the book. The film, captured in black and white, shows excellently the downward spiral in which the boys question their own sense of right and wrong. The film's introduction is basic, just pictures with sound, however it shows a graphic representation of the 'war' the world has found itself in once again and the crash of the plane. When the film begins and we see Piggy and Ralph crawling through the undergrowth, what can be noticed instantly is the fact that the camera angles play a large part in the film. This is in stark contrast to Harry Hook's 1990 version, where we see, most importantly, a group of American schoolboys, who seem to ...read more.

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The ethereal choral singing carries right on through the book and slowly becomes something evil and malevolent. A vote is taken and it is decided that Ralph should be chief - a strange name for a democratically elected leader. The system soon deteriorates with two main groups being formed - Jack and his hunters and Ralph with those who build shelters and keep the fire alight. Jack and his hunters eventually kill a mother sow and leave its head on a stake as an offering for the beast. Simon, who follows them, becomes transfixed with the pig's head. This scene is one of the main climaxes of the film. The way in which the scene is filmed is very clever for its time, and uses the technology available to portray this sinister scene. The way the camera zooms in on both Simon and the pig intensifies Simon's realisation of the evil that has overcome the boys. However, this scene would seem strange to someone with no insight to the original story. The close-up shots of the flies crawling over the pig's head are also a major factor for the scene. There are also added sound effects, such as the drum roll and the eerie choral singing. However the most notable sound is the buzzing of the flies also grows louder, while there are shots of the island at sunset. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also different in both films, and in a trend that continues throughout Hook's film, events are seemingly judged by their cinematic worthiness rather than their faithfulness to the book. This is evident especially at the beginning, with the plane crash and frantic struggle to the beach, and at the end, where the US Army come to rescue them all-reminiscent of the Americanization of the story, something which ruins the British charm of the film. Jack's gang chase Ralph and even set a forest fire to try and kill him. Ralph soon runs into a military officer who has come to rescue them. This scene, in Brook's edition, is particularly interesting in that the camera slowly looks at the adult from the crisp white shoes to his smart cap, portraying a 'good' person. Ralph breaks down and weeps for the first time on the island. In Hook's version, we see a mass of American soldiers, with boats and helicopters, with the officer Ralph meets as being an American, who, unlike in the book, questions them all. In both editions, although in Brook's version rather than Hook's the ending of the film is clever in that although they have finally got what they all wished for, they realise what they have actually done and are all ashamed be in front of adults, which is what they originally strived to be. The officer is oblivious to this, treating them all as innocent children, something they all are not. ...read more.

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