CLARK – Ms. Hamilton’s 8th grade students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark have taken part in a text and film comparison workshop. The 8th grade students have finished their reading of the infamous murder mystery, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Ms. Hamilton’s students have begun to compare and contrast Agatha Christie’s written work and Rene Clair’s 1945 black and white film interpretation.
While the students have become fond of the plot twists and clever “whodunit” style of the book, they are also beginning to recognize the changes that film producers make in order to exhibit creative control. While viewing the various series of events, the students have been able to decide how specific visual elements add to our understanding of the text and can be changed in order to alter the author’s intentions. Each student is required to complete a film critique worksheet on which they must list the differences and similarities as the movie progresses. Many students have decided that the ending of Christie’s literary work proves to be much more entertaining than that of the film.
Pictured above, Jessica Mirabella, Alexa DePinho, and Emely Osorio are using information from the text as well as movie elements to compare and contrast the original text and film interpretation. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)