address how well the film represents the novel or play

address how well the film represents the novel or play

  • How would you describe the main conflict?
    • Is it internal where the character suffers inwardly?
    • is it external caused by the surroundings or environment the main character finds himself/herself in?
  • Does it take place in the present, the past, or the future?
  • What aspects of setting are we made aware of? – Geography, weather conditions, physical environment, time of day.
  • Where are we in the opening scene?
  • Cross – representative of Christ or Christianity
  • Bald Eagle – America or Patriotism
  • Owl – wisdom or knowledge
  • Yellow – implies cowardice or rot
  • Iamb – unstressed syllable followed by stressed
    • Made famous by the Shakespearian sonnet, closest to the natural rhythm of human speech
      • How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
  • Spondee – stressed stressed
    • Used to add emphasis and break up monotonous rhythm
      • Blood boil, mind-meld, well- loved
  • Trochee – stressed unstressed
    • Often used in children’s rhymes and to help with memorization, gives poem a hurried feeling
      • While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
  • Anapest – unstressed unstressed stressed
    • Often used in longer poems or “rhymed stories”
      • Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
  • Dactyls– stressed unstressed unstressed
    • Often used in classical Greek or Latin text, later revived by the Romantics, then again by the Beatles, often thought to create a heartbeat or pulse in a poem
      • Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
        With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

The character Scut Farkus, played by Zack Ward, was created specifically for the movie, and never appears in the book. In the book, Grover Dill is the only bully who torments Ralphie. The setting for the movie was based on Hammond, Indiana the home town of author Jean Sheperd. Sheperd grew up on Cleveland St and went to Warren G. Harding Elementary School. Just like Ralphie.
The modestly budgeted little comedy opened in 1983 the week before Thanksgiving on fewer than 900 screens. The film took in about $2 million its first weekend and double that Thanksgiving weekend – solid business for the time. The movie was getting strong word-of-mouth support. But, MGM hadn’t counted on the movie receiving much success and did not schedule distribution to more than the opening screens for the lead up to Christmas.

Address how well the film represents the novel or play
But this can be very frustrating cinematically, if not handled well. VanderWaal is a compelling figure in her YouTube videos and in any clips you might find of her singing live. She really is playing that ukulele! But she’s opaque to the extreme here, and doesn’t ignite the character at all. She doesn’t have the skill as an actress to give us a sense that Stargirl has an inner life. When she jumps around on the football field, it seems incomprehensible that this magical dreamy girl would get so into it. She hasn’t helped us make sense of her. During the cheers, she sings right at the camera, like it’s an “America’s Got Talent” audition. This was clearly a specific choice, but stopping the film in its tracks for what is essentially a music video doesn’t help us find an entryway into the story, or into her.
Director Julia Hart has a great feel for landscapes, for light. The look of “Stargirl” has a lot in common with the look of Hart’s “Fast Color”: similar sweeps of desert landscapes, romantic twilight skies, a sense of space beyond the frame. So far, my favorite of Hart’s films remains the undersung “Miss Stevens” (2016), starring Lily Rabe as a drama teacher chaperoning a Drama Club trip (one of the students is Timothée Chalamet). Miss Stevens could have been conceived as “quirky” or a “kook,” but in Rabe’s hands, she is human, with all the flaws and mistakes that that implies. In “Stargirl” Hart brings her sensibility to bear, and the film looks wonderful. Hart wrote both “Miss Stevens” and “Fast Color” with her husband Jordan Horowitz. In “Stargirl,” she deals with extant material for the first time, and she does what she can with it, but it’s not enough.

The second person to be given the role is Suzie, which really angers and infuriates Jack that a woman would get the role before him. This action adds absurdity to the story.
Jack and Suzie, once again, are college students. Alec, though, is the instructor, who has a drinking problem, and he is directing a class that Jack and Suzie have to take as a requirement of their theatre major. Alec tries to convince the students that there is no right or wrong way to direct, act, or design. In his mind, theatre is all done with emotion. If it feels right, then do it. In order to help them understand and develop their talents as directors, Alec gives the same answer to any question Jack and Suzie ask: “If it feels right, then do it.”


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