George Roy Hill's Movie Adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughter-House Five"

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George Roy Hill's movie adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughter-house Five is a fairly accurate version that stays relatively close to Vonnegut's own vision. Throughout Vonnegut novel Billy Pilgrim, a WWII soldier who was captured by the Germans and held captive as an American POW (prisoner of war), demonstrates several extreme compulsive tendencies due to the horrific events he witnessed as an American POW victim. After reading of Billy’s experiences, I did not have faith in the movies ability to accurately present Vonnegut's own personal feelings. On the contrary, after seeing George Hill's movie adaptation of Slaughter-house Five, I felt that the he did an extremely nice job in keeping with what Vonnegut had intended to be seen…show more content…
Hill is able to achieve this by making Billy the only fragment of black on an all-white background. This helps to set Billy apart from the rest of the screen and in essence isolates him as the only person around. While I felt the director did a good job of conveying the novel as accurately as possible, just as in other move adaptations, there were some inaccuracies and discrepancies from one medium to the other. One aspect of the movie that really stood out for me was the abduction scene. In the movie, Pilgrim is captured by the alien creatures from inside his bedroom; a white ball of light slowly intensifies until it engulfs the entire screen and after a quick cutaway we find Billy on Tralfamadore. This was not the way Vonnegut describes Billy’s abduction in the book. He was not merely sitting in his bedroom with his dog Spot, instead he had been watching a war movie, and then he walks outside to allow Spot to go to the bathroom. It is at this point, when Billy is outside, that the aliens come and capture him. Billy’s war experience is also very difference from the novel, the bombing of Dresden is the best example of this. Vonnegut describes the aftermath by saying, “the once beautiful city [looked] like the surface of the moon” (Vonnegut). I envisioned a different scene when reading the book than what was translated onto the big screen. In my opinion, the city appears no different than any other city that has just been bombed. Perhaps I

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