A Media Essay On The Film Verison Of The Book 'of Mice And Man' By John Steinbeck. References To The Book Inculded.

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Film Review!The book 'Of Mice and Men' is a gripping tale by John Steinbeck and has been adapted for the cinema. Clinging to each other, the two characters are drifters working their way from place to place. Their destination is a ranch in the Salinas Valley. This gripping film has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The whole film right to the finish is ominous (destined, fated, threatening, imminent, overhanging, impending). The film also has a cathartic effect on you making you laugh and cry. The film is about dreams, loneliness and violence. Men against Men, boys against boys. The violence in the film is clearly present in nearly every scene. Loneliness is in some scenes and dreams that people have are few and far between as people start to lose their faith. But the two travellers have one and one that might never come true. Dreams are shattered, friends are broken as friends become enemies and all hell breaks loose as violence rules. This film is featured around the characters and their struggle to live during the great depression. But is their hope in all the despair.John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968) was an American writer. His most famous book/novel is 'The Grapes of Wrath'. Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature. He died on December 20th 1968 in New York. John Steinbeck wrote the novel 'Of Mice and Men'. This was adapted for screen and the cinema. Two-time Academy Award® winner for To Kill A Mocking Bird 1962 and Tender Mercies 1983 Horton Foote adapted the screenplay. The film 'Of Mice and Men' was made in 1992 and was directed by Gary Sinise who also played George in the film. The Oscar nominee (for best supporting actor in Places in the heart 1984) John Malkovich plays the dumb, child-like Lennie brilliantly. Candy, the old worker on the farm who has only one hand after an accident on the farm was played really well by Ray Walston who also played a newspaper sales man in the film Johnny Dangerously. Casey Siemaszko played the short but tough boxer Curley, and Curley's not so doting wife was played by Sherilyn Fenn. 2513 people voted on the IMDb Website and gave the film an average 7.5/10.Lennie is a large, lumbering, child-like worker. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his best friend and travelling companion for guidance and protection.George on the other hand is a small, quick-witted man who travels with and cares for Lennie. He often talks of how much better his life would be without Lennie."Though George is the source for the often told story of the life on their future farm it is Lennie's child like faith that enables George to actually believe his account of their future." Spark Notes.This gripping film opened on a beautiful sunny day in fields of thistles and overgrown grass. The camera focuses on a young woman in a red dress (Moria Harris). She is running towards us. She is crying very heavily and her make-up is all ruined. Then the camera focuses on...

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