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Film Analysis: The Kite Runner

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Amina Hamoud

on 12 December 2012

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Transcript of Film Analysis: The Kite Runner

A Film Study: The Kite Runner Directed by: Marc Forstor Presentation Outline Watch movie trailer
Discuss about the movie
State my thesis
5 main quotes & analysis
Did you know facts about the movie
Questions What do you think so far? Was it successful?
Good representation of the book?
Did it satisfy readers?
Was it a good movie? Thesis The film version of "The Kite Runner" proved to be unsuccessful because of the filmmakers' choices in changing the plot and failure to meet readers' expectations. Quote #1 "Born to a German mother, and an Afghan father, the blond, blue-eyed Assef towered over the other kids" (pg41) In the movie Assef doesn't have blond hair or blue eyes, and doesn't look German

Significant because plays a big role in representing his character

Assef thinks that Hazara's aren't "true Afghans", & considers himself as "true Afghan"

Shows that he is a hypocrite, because he isn't true Afghan himself; he is half German

Appearance contributes to his love towards Hitler's philosophy; Aryan race, and to what he turned out to be; Taliban leader

Viewers who didn't read the book, wouldn't know any of this; the story of Assef, and why he turned out the way he did. Quote # 2 "In the late 1960s, when I was six, Baba decided to build an orphanage...Baba had drawn the blueprints himself despite the fact that he'd had no architectural experience at all. Skeptics had urged him to stop his foolishness and hire an architect...Baba refused...then Baba succeeded...people shook their heads in awe... Baba paid for the construction of the two story orphanage" (pg 14)

"They destroyed your fathers orphanage, did you know that?" (pg 210) In the movie nothing about the orphanage is mentioned; whether being built or destroyed

Important because this is Baba's way of trying to redeem himself from the "bad" things he did

Slept with his Hazara servant's wife, and lying to Amir and Hassan about being brothers

Without knowing Baba built an orphanage, viewer's who didn't read the book would automatically think of Baba as really bad person and a hypocrite Quote # 3 "Did I ever tell you that I was almost married once?...It's true. I was eighteen. Her name was Homaira. She was Hazara, the daughter of our neighbor's servants...you should have seen the look on my father's face when I told him. My mother actually fainted...My brother Jalal actually went to fetch his hunting rifle before my father stopped him...that same day, my father put Homaira and her family on a lorry and sent them off to Hazarajat. I never saw her again." (pg 104-105) In the movie, Rahim Khan doesn't tell Amir about when he fell in love with a Hazara girl and wanted to get married to her

Important because it revolves around one of main points in the book; marriage

It shows that parents only care about reputation, or "what other people will think", and don't care if that makes their children happy or not

It shows that Rahim Khan's parents set expectations for him (getting married to a pashtun woman) and did not meet those expectations

Also shows Pashtun's hate towards Hazara's, because Rahim Khan's parents can't accept the fact that their son fell in love with one

Viewer's who didn't read the book, wouldn't know about Rahim Khan's story, wouldn't understand why he never got married, which is an important concept in the book. Quote #4 "Hiss brass knuckles flashing in the afternoon light; how cold they felt with the first few blows and how quickly they warmed with my blood...I don't know at what point I started laughing, but I did it. It hurt to laugh, hurt my jaws, my ribs, my throat. But I was laughing and laughing. And the harder I laughed, the harder he kicked me, punched me, scratched me. `WHAT'S SO FUNNY?' Assef roared with each blow. His spittle landed in my eyes...what was so funny was that for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I'd even been looking forward to this" (pg301-302) In the movie during the fight, Amir is not laughing like he is described to be doing in the book.

Significant because this moment is when Amir finally feels at peace after many years because of everything he has done in his past

Amir has been feeling guilty since that winter day in 1975, and he felt that he deserved everything that Assef was doing to him; that's why he started to laugh

By Amir laughing, it made Assef angrier, and started to kick and hurt him even more, which resulted in Amir finally feeling at peace

Amir wishes he had fought with Assef years ago that winter of 1975, so he wouldn't have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.

Viewer's who did not read the book wouldn't understand what Amir was supposed to be experiencing in that moment, other than obvious pain. " `We wont have to put you in the orphanage, Sohrab. We're going to America, you and I. Did you hear me?' I pushed the door open. stepped in the bathroom. Suddenly I was on my knees, screaming. Screaming Through my clenched teeth. Screaming until I thought my throat would rip and my chest explode."(pg 360-361)

"When I wake up, maybe I will discover everything I saw in the hotel bathroom was part of a dream: the water drops dripping from the faucet and landing with a plink into the bloody bathwater; left arm dangling over the side of the tub, the blood-soaked razor sitting on the toilet tank, and his eyes still half open but light less." (pg 366) Quote #5 In the movie this scene is completely taken out from it; doesn't exist

Very significant because it is a very important part in the book; known as plot twist because when you think that everything is going well something bad happens

After finding out that Sohrab would be put back in an orphanage because the that was only way to get to America, Sohrab attempted suicide by slashing his wrists in the bathtub

This shows the amount of pain that Sohrab experienced in orphanages and his past, and the pain he is experiencing right now; being sexually assulted, losing both his parents.

This incident had changed Sohrab completely after recovering; never spoke to anyone, played with other children, and looked people in the eye.

This incident was a turning point in Amir's life because after thinking that he was finally doing the right thing, the incident completely changed it.

The incident made Amir discover who he was; turned to God

Viewers who did not read the book would have never known about this incident, and would never understand why Sohrab was the way he was when he came to America To some, these points may not seem very important, but as a reader, I am very disappointed in the movie because it is incomplete without these points, and it is not as affective as the book is. Interesting Facts about the Movie The movie was mostly filmed in China, because of dangerous conditions in Afghanistan
Movie was nominated for 65th Golden Globe Awards, 61 British Academy Film awards & 80th Academy Awards Conclusion The movie skipped many important parts in the novel, which affects viewer's who didn't read the novel about knowing what the actual story is. To many readers, including myself, the movie was a great disappointment, because it didn't meet our expectations. Question What are your opinions on the movie now? Did they change or stay the same? THE END :)
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