Thursday, April 22, 2010

Making a Movie

If one had the budget, and know-how, I believe the novel "Pudd'n head Wilson" could be the next huge block buster. Ideally, this novel could cause heaps of controversy. In regard to the one drop rule as applied to characters in this novel, choosing actresses and actors would be arduous yet interesting. The viewers could really become surprised at discovering certain characters are not exactly as they seem.

First, I would try to get President Obama in the cast, simply for a little extra press. Next, I would aim to cast Beyonce, Halle Berry, or possibly Gabrielle Union as the star female actress. As for Pudd'n Head Wilson, I think Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington would be perfect, due to their successful careers and popularity as actors. Finally, casting the two twins would call for some investigating, I would need the perfect complexion as well as a large degree of identical features between the two. Real life twins would be perfect.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Today's class was profoundly interesting, as we watched the silent film "Greed." This film portrays some of the scenes from Frank Norris' novel "McTeague." Throughout the black and white scenes of the movie one notices the presence of color only when viewing gold, or the two canaries. This focus on gold ties directly in with the themes of the novel.

As all things dealing with greed are portrayed with a yellow luminescence in the film, it is no surprise to find that the death valley scene is practically entirely yellow. Notice how McTeague surrounds himself with the yellow sand and heat of the desert. Due to the film "Greed," I was able to draw yet another parallel between McTeague's fate and obsessive qualities.

Because McTeague was obsessed with Trina's 5000 in gold, he went to great lengths to escape his fate. Thus, as he dies in the yellow desert, one may argue that he dies with useless wealth. Furthermore, as the 5000 is wasted in the desert, all things gold may be described as useless in regard to both the novel and the film. This is to say that McTeague, Marcus, and Trina all obsess over a useless cause, and overall, each character dies under the golden glow of greed.