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Dont Cry Theres a Movie Many books in conversion from paper to film get changed or even lose important details Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Patron is one such book that has gone through this process The differences ranged from characterization and setting to the plot and the overall meaning of the book One of the main characters Jarvis was significantly different He was a much more bitter and discriminating man in the movie as opposed to the book In the beginning of the movie there was a scene where Jarvis gave a very dirty look to a little native girl running by which would have probably have been hard to express in the book Still this gave the audience a bad impression of Jarvis One scene in the movie seemed to be added to intentionally make Jarvis look racist This was when he went to identify his sons body and made the bad remark about natives Finally during the funeral Jarvis refused to shake a natives hand In the book he did shake their hands but was not happy about it Him just completely refusing in the movie makes him look extremely rude even during a funeral The setting was also significantly different in the movie Though there was not a lot of description of the setting in the book the setting in the movie made a difference Ndotshenti in the book was described as a drought stricken environment where it was hard to survive in The book made it look like a beautiful valley with rolling green grass everywhere that to me almost looked like a paradise Johannesburg gets very little description in the book but is implied through Kumalos eyes to be an amoral and corrupt city In the movie they really try to emphasize this to an extreme They have bums littered around while people chase and scream at others This all really changes the view of Johannesburg The
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