Films from Literature ENG 2400, Fall 2021 OL 0550

Essay four
Try to creatively combine the two stories when you get to the end of one, the start of the other, phrases like “In contrast” or, “On the other hand”: The common thread is they are both films made from short stories. One is a very traditional movie, the other is very untraditional; both start in space, and both are ultimately influenced by superior beings….

Due by or before next-to-last class.

It’s a Wonderful Lifeis often appreciated as a heartwarming, inspirational story whose message is that each person makes a difference to so many others’ lives.  Yet there are some critics who argue that the story shows a pessimistic view:  If George Bailey had not existed, it seems everyone in Bedford Falls has ended up dead, drunk, angry, or alone.  What is your opinion of this story’s message? 

Here, again, is a link to the film:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7zcml8zfrp7f0bd/It%27s.a.Wonderful.Life.1946.720p.BluRay.x264.YIFY.mp4?dl=0

Also, briefly explain what type of short story treatment (concentration, interweaving, or point-of-departure) was used and if you feel the changes improved on the original.

Due by or before Dec. 7

This same essay, essay four should include the other story and film:

The story is called “The Sentinel” and is among your eight stories.

Here is the link to the film:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rat9lkfzr39h0v/2001.A.Space.Odyssey.1968.1080p.BluRay.x264.anoXmous_.mp4?dl=0


2001: A Space Odyssey
is filled with unanswered questions:  What is the monolith that keeps reappearing?  Why is Dave so aged when he lands?  Why is he in a room with elegant, traditional furniture?  What is the meaning of the “Star child” that appears at the conclusion? 
Explain your interpretation of these enigmas.

Also, briefly explain what type of story treatment (concentration, interweaving, or point-of-departure) was used and if you feel the changes improved on the original.
It is always interesting to contrast the films with their short story sources, yet this time your task is different. As always, try to use cinematic terms: point of view, narration,
slow-motion, anything you can use….

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