jekyll-movie-differences - since the case-file perspective...

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-romance between Muriel and Jekyll; personal aspect of the M.P. (girlfriend's dad) -no Utterson (lawyer/narrator) -actually described Jekyll and Hyde's misdeeds (“champagne girl”) 1. Romance is known to attract patrons to the theater. Although the “case files” style of the novel worked well, the movie could not pull off such a construct because of the discrepancy between the written and spoken word. The director decided that a more emotional style would translate better to the big screen, as it did. 2. Utterson, again, is largely a literary device. Movies are meant to be simpler and more “to-the-point”; as such, many minor characters were eliminated. The entire point of Utterson is to provide a “window” through which to see the characters;
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Unformatted text preview: since the case-file perspective is done away with for a more personal one, Jekyll provided a better window in the movie. 3. During the (Victorian) times in which the book was written, it would have been considered extremely inappropriate actually to describe Jekyll/Hyde's misdeeds. Since the movie was made much later, societal norms had changed enough to allow some sexuality in the movie. What's more, movies are by nature simpler than books; while Stevenson may have used the secrecy of J/H's wrongs to amplify them, the director of the movie found it easier to stick more emotion into the movie, draw some viewers in with the sexuality, and clarify some of J/H's actions....
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course CI 101 taught by Professor Fairley during the Fall '07 term at Austin College.

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