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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Book vs. Movie

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: BOOK VS. MOVIE

2011
Outline:

A) Introduction: general overview.
B) Comparison of book and movie:
1) plot;
2) character;
3) settings.
C) Conclusion.

Foreword:

This research paper discusses differences and similarities between the book by W. Irving “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and movie “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, directed by Pierre Gang.

Thesis:

Screen version of W. Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, directed by Pierre Gang, is very close to the original.

When talking about screening of some book, we often pay attention to the plot and characters, looking for differences and similarities between writer’s and director’s conception. Someone likes to read a book and then watch a film on this book, another prefer to watch film first. And it’s hard to say what is better. While reading, our imagination “makes a movie” to us, creating a picture of described places, characters, events. Then it’s interesting to compare your and director’s vision of the story. And if you read book after watching a film, it may surprise you, because, to my mind, book always shows deeper emotions and feelings, which are hard to express in a film. Besides, director can take liberties, add something to his screenplay or, vice versa, remove some scenes. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, directed by Pierre Gang, is a good example of close interpretation of the W. Irving’s book “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. That is one of the best Irving’s stories. Irving, like a wizard, creates an atmosphere and can easily mislead and trick the reader. From the warm comfort, he immediately and deftly proceeds to whipping "mysticism" and mystery, and then abruptly completes all with neat humor. Exquisite style, slowly and carefully paced plot, juicy and very vivid descriptions of daily life, nature and character. This story is just so...

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