Shawshank Redemption

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Keren Hering
"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"
The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Red is an adaptation of Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by director Frank Darabont. The movie screenplay is generally loyal to Stephen King's novella, however, there are some differences, and among the more salient ones are the following: Firstly, in the novella Red is a white red-haired Irish man who was doing time for a double murder and in the film he is portrayed by Morgan Freeman who is a black actor. Secondly, the scene in which Red has a bet with the other inmates that Andy will be the first new "fish" to will have broken down by the end of the first night in prison doesn't appear in the novella; at the end of this scene the infamous guard Hadley beat up a poor newcomer who had indeed gone bunkers so badly that he died after being left in the infirmary overnight. Another difference is 'the Mozart record playing' incident which only happens in the film. I love this scene, although it might be considered a typical Hollywood-style one, because it is charged with just the right dosage of aesthetic quality and schmalz to contribute to the image, later used by Red to describe Andy, of a "bird that is not meant to be caged". Andy gets punished for this prank and is put in insularity for a few days, when he gets out he carries out this inspirational monologue about music fueling hope and about feeling normal in an abnormal place which we, as viewers, might have been spared of had this scene not been included in the film; and this was what Andy said: “You need it (music) so we don’t forget … that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone, that there’s something inside that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch—it’s yours.” Apropos 'bird', Brooks didn't have a raven in the novel but a pigeon which was found dead after Brooks had released it: a premonition about...
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