In Cold Blood vs in Cold Blood

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A. Kincaid
American Literature
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“In Cold Blood” vs. “In cold Blood”
Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood” written in 1966 became such an American crime classic that it was turned into a novel immediately in 1967. The book and the movie follow the story of a murder in Holcomb, Kansas by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. This great American crime novel was turned into a movie by director Richard Brooks. The movie follows the book step for step due to the writing style by Truman Capote. The novel lets us use our imagination and films usually loose the effect of this but “In Cold Blood” the film version is an extension of the book fulfilling all the senses. “In Cold Blood” the book and the film are mirrors of each other. “Given that In Cold Blood is often described as “cinematic” – the book’s episodic structure and its quick transitions between multiple plotlines make it read more like a movie than a classical novel” (Gradesaver.com 2011). This style made the movie and the novel read and watches perfectly. The Movie follows the scenes and timeline of the book. It’s not often that a movie captures the pacing and the perfect timeline of a novel but “In Cold Blood” does exactly that. The characters in the movie fulfill my mental interpretation of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. The characters not only were exactly what I pictured but the Actors Scott Wilson and Robert Blake who portrayed Dick and Perry respectfully, gave the characters the small quirks that weren’t represented as well in the books. “The movie version, however, while it does develop the characters of Perry and Dick extremely well - through dialogue, visual details like clothing, body build, and facial expressions” (directessay.com 2011). The one disappointment in the film is the portrayal of the Clutter family. The book let us really learn and see who the clutters were while in the movie the Clutters were just victims in a horrible crime. Not getting to know the Clutters was one of the biggest...
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