This restructuring of the film sharpens the focus of the relationship between Danny and Reuven

This restructuring of the film sharpens the focus of the relationship between Danny and Reuven

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This restructuring of the film sharpens the focus of the relationship between Danny and Reuven.  Many of their interactions take place in each other's homes, where the film audience is not distracted  by the peripheral conversations and activities that take place in the novel. A more intimate  relationship between Danny and Reuven becomes possible. For example, in the film, Danny tells Reuven about his photographic memory at the latter's home.  Reuven is skeptical, so he hands a newspaper to Danny. The look on his face says, in effect, "Show  me, Danny." Danny does, and Reuven is astonished. In the novel, Reuven simply accepts at face  value Danny's assertion that he has a photographic memory; he requires no proof. Probably the most important difference between the novel and the movie version is that the movie  allows us to see Danny and Reuven as adolescent teenagers interested in having a social life. In the 
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