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The review of the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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??????? ????????, ??. 1015 ?. Review of the film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was shot in 1947, just after the World War II. It is produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Norman Z. McLeod, famous American film director, cartoonist and writer, who made several successful and influential movies such as "Taking A Chance" (1928), "Monkey Business" (1931), "Horse Feathers" (1932), "Alice in Wonderland" (1933) and others. Scriptwriters of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" are Ken Englund, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, Everett Freeman and Philip Rapp. Stars are Danny Kaye, an American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian; Virginia Mayo, an American film actress; Boris Karloff (the real name is William Henry Pratt); Fay Bainter, an American film and stage actress; Ann Rutherford, a Canadian-American actress in film, radio, and television, and others. The film was shot in the USA and it describes the life of Americans of 1940-1950. The film tells the story about a proofreader of "Pierce publishing company" whose name is Walter Mitty. ...read more.

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In the story we can see only five Walter's dreams, and the film has six. Moreover, Norman Z. McLeod substituted some dreams for another, for example, there is no court and capital punishment in the film, but it has card game, fashion show and fight of cowboys. Secondly, the film has much more complex plot with involved development of events and much more number of characters (the short story has just several characters). Thirdly, in the film Walter Mitty has a job of a proofreader in the publishing company, but from the story we cannot understand the Walter's occupation. In addition, the director substituted the wife of Walter for his mother (Fay Bainter in the role of Mrs. Mitty). I think that Norman Z. McLeod made these changes in order to extend the plot and make the film more interesting and exciting. In my opinion, the director used only the concept of the Thurber's short story and got other elements (structure, characters, and new scenes) on it. Besides, Norman Z. McLeod added some details to expose the nature of the main character. ...read more.

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I think that James Thurber was unsatisfied with the script because it did not answer the aim of author. This musical comedy was a hit, but it almost has nothing in common with the work of Thurber except the title and concept. I agree that the film is a wonderful work of the director and the film crew. It is very good motion picture for rest and fun. Besides, I like the way Danny Kaye plays his role. However, I do not think that this movie is an exact screen version of the short story. The director introduced a lot of scenes, which was not in the story, he created new characters and changed the main idea. I suppose it is a very good commercial move in order to adapt the film to the mass audience. People like watch motion pictures that make them smile and laugh, and it was necessary to include humor in the film in order to oblige mass spectators. In 2013 a new remake of the James Thurber's short story is planned to shoot by 20th Century Fox, starring Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty. I am looking forward to this remake to compare it with the film of 1947 and the short story. ...read more.

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