Analysis Of The Movie ' Winter Of The Blood '

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The movie Winter in the Blood, was made 38 years after the novel was first published and was not directed by the author, James Welch. This among many reasons may explain some of the noticeable differences between the movie and text. Although the basic plot in the movie stays true to that of the book there was some added “Hollywood magic” to make it more viewable on the big screen. The book, Winter in the Blood portrays the grandmother as grouchy and simple while the movie Winter in the Blood depicts her as the stereotypical wise, gentle, and nurturing Indian grandmother. The movie’s depiction of the grandmother is done to convey a better relationship between her and the narrator which makes viewers feel more connected and sympathetic for…show more content…
In the text, the narrator and grandmother have aloof interactions. Both the book and the movie portray the grandmother being mute and frail. Yet, the book portrays her as mentally vacant and the narrator seems to be frustrated by this. “‘Old woman, do you want some music?’ I leaned on the arms of her rocker, my face not more than six inches from hers. She looked at my mouth… ‘Music,’ I commanded, louder this time.” (Welch, 11). By getting close to her face and shouting commands the interaction seems impersonal and distant. Contrastingly, there is a scene in the movie that is not included in the book where the narrator helps his grandmother into bed and strokes her hair. He says “Oh grandmother, I heard you fall…There we go. Ready? Don’t fret old woman.” (00:36:56). While the narrator is still stroking his grandmother’s hair she then also begins stroking his face and sings a traditional song in Blackfoot to him. The scene ends with the two holding hands. This scene imprints into the minds of the viewers a relationship of love and care, which the book depicts as the exact opposite. The movie has love instead of tension between the two characters to show that the narrator is capable of love. By being capable of love, viewers see him as more human and thus can form a connection with him. Another major difference between the text and film was the motif of wisdom displayed in the
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