In 1972 director George Roy Hill released his screen
adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (or The
Children's Crusade; A Duty Dance With Death). The film made
over 4 million dollars and was touted as an "artistic
success" by Vonnegut (Film Comment, 41). In fact, in an
interview with Film Comment in 1985, Vonnegut called the
film a "flawless translation" of his novel, which can be
considered an honest assessment in light of his reviews of
other adaptations of his works: Happy Birthday, Wanda June
(1971) "turned out so abominably" that he asked to have his
name removed from it; and he found Slapstick of Another Kind
(1984) to be "perfectly horrible" (41,44). (This article was
writen prior to Showtime's Harrison Bergeron, and Fine
Line's Mother Night). A number of other Vonnegut novels have
been optioned, but the film projects have either been
abandoned during production or never advanced beyond an
unproduced screenplay adaptation, indicating the difficulty
of translating Vonnegut to the silver screen. So why does
Slaughterhouse-Five succeed where others fail? The answer
lies in how the source is interpreted on screen. Overall,
while there are some discrepancies that yield varying
results, the film is a faithful adaptation that succeeds in
translating the printed words into visual elements and
sounds which convincingly convey the novel's themes.
While Vonnegut's literary style is very noticeable in
Slaughterhouse-Five, the novel as a whole differs from the
majority of his other works because it is personal with an
interesting point of view techniq...
... middle of paper ...
...kle every time I watch that film,
because it is so harmonious with what I felt when I wrote
the book" (Film Comment 41). Whether or not someone who has
not read the novel could get some meaning from the film is
hard to decide, but if one considers that it would take just
about as long to watch the movie as it would to read the
book, the decision should be obvious.
Bianculli, David. "A Kurt Post-mortem on the Generally
Eclectic Theatre." Film Comment Nov.-Dec. 1985: 41-44.
Loeb, Monica. Vonnegut's Duty-Dance With Death. UMEA, 1979.
Nelson, Joyce. "Slaughterhouse-Five: Novel and Film."
Literature/Film Quarterly. 1 (1973): 149-153.
Slaughterhouse-Five, dir. George Roy Hill, with Michael
Sacks, Universal Pictures, 1972.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Dell
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five Vs. George Roy Hill's Movie Adaptation For the most part, the movie adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse Five is a faithfully adapted version that does not veer horribly far away from Vonnegut's own vision. It is no secret that Vonnegut displayed some extremely obsessive tendencies in this novel due to his own experiences as a prisoner of war. For this reason, I did not believe that the movie would be able to accurately display Vonnegut's own personal feelings regarding these issues.... [tags: Comparative Literature]
949 words (2.7 pages)
- Kurt Vonnegut Junior is a praised author as well as a veteran of World War II, his well-known novel, Slaughterhouse Five, allowing him to put his experiences of the war into writing, though it’s much more fictionalized than one would think. Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel that comments on various topics of war; how war desensitized soldiers to death (both during the war and post-war), the gruesome daily life the prisoners of wars carried, and indirect advocation against the Vietnam War.... [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]
1028 words (2.9 pages)
- An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Karol T. Bista ENH 110 Mr. M. W. Hickman October 12, 2015 An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five features numerous characters, some of which are major, and others minor. Primarily, the major characters, in no particular order, starts off with Billy Pilgrim, arguably the main character and hero of the book itself. Billy Pilgrim is almost like a funny looking, ragdoll or tool-like character during the course of the book.... [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]
1441 words (4.1 pages)
- Imagine experiencing the events of your life in a random order. How would you view your life if it seemed more like a collection of moments rather than a story. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim is a chaplain’s assistant during World War II who claims to be "unstuck in time." Billy seemingly jumps from one moment in his life to the next without his control or consent. Billy also believes that aliens, known as Tralfamadorians, abducted him. These events may seem silly considering all of the serious and grim experiences that Billy faces in the war, but they are far from comical.... [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Time travel]
1360 words (3.9 pages)
- Slaughterhouse-Five is a stirring science-fiction book, which contains many interesting themes such as, space and time travel, philosophy on death, war, and aliens. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is not in the first chapter. The author of this book, Kurt Vonnegut is the main character in this chapter (Harris). This book is written in a rather random order because Billy Pilgrim lived his life that way. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, the author’s imagination helps him get through reality by giving him the illusion that he is traveling through time and cannot die (Westbrook).... [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]
2392 words (6.8 pages)
- The Catastrophe of War in Slaughterhouse-Five Russian Prime Minister Joseph Stalin once said, “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” The impersonalization of war and death that he shares is an realistic characterization of war; originally intending to improve the lives of people, yet inevitably leading to the destruction of human life. Author Kurt Vonnegut endorses this view in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five; he shows that war can never be justified as long as innocent life is lost.... [tags: War Slaughterhouse Essays Papers]
1931 words (5.5 pages)
- Baruch Spinoza once said “Experience teaches us no less clearly than reason, that men believe themselves free, simply because they are conscious of their actions and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.” He compared free-will with destiny and ended up that what we live and what we think are all results of our destiny; and the concept of the free-will as humanity know is just the awareness of the situation. Similarly, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five explores this struggle between free-will and destiny, and illustrates the idea of time in order to demonstrate that there is no free-will in war; it is just destiny.... [tags: Kurt Vonnegut novel]
898 words (2.6 pages)
- In the final months of my sophomore year at Slidell High School, I was excelling in many of my classes. I made the decision to enroll in A.P. English for my junior year. I was extremely eager for my love of literature to begin. The teacher who convinced me to join AP English was named Dr. Schneider. She had long blonde hair as well as a nasally voice with a thick Saint Bernard accent. Dr. Schneider was an all-around fun teacher. When we were finished reading Elie Wiesel’s Night, she let us watch a Charlie Chaplain movie the next day entitled The Great Dictator, which was a satirical film about World War Two.... [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]
1031 words (2.9 pages)
- In the first chapter of Slaughterhouse-Five, the narrator goes to meet an old war friend, Bernard V. O’Hare, who served with him in World War II and was also witness to the bombing of Dresden. The narrator, having attempted to write a novel based on his experiences during that time for many years, was hoping that, between the two of them, they could come up with some good war stories to incorporate into his novel. After many failed attempts to find something of substance upon which to base his novel, both men failed, for “there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre” (19).... [tags: Literary Analysis, Slaughterhouse-Five]
2514 words (7.2 pages)
- Being Unstuck in Time in Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut The concept of being "unstuck in time" refers to a person living from one moment in life to another instead of the day-to-day one we live today. The main character of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim, does just that. He travels through the time line of his life experiencing moments of it in no particular order. In a flash, time travel for Billy happens with no warning to where he will turn up next. On the night of his daughter's wedding, Billy is abducted by extra-terrestrials from the planet Tralfamadore.... [tags: Papers]
498 words (1.4 pages)