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Katherine Ann Porters short film adaptation of The Jilting of Granny Weatherall is widely considered as being one of the greatest classics in short filmmaking And the reputation is far from being undeserved Granny Geraldine Fitzgerald is a matriarch who on the last day of her life summons up for evaluation the successes and failures of her long years Even though she has seen it all weathered it all one single event in her life is the focus of the entire movie On her death bed she recalls the time when she was jilted by her husband to be George She wants so much to see him again just to tell him that she has had a good life a good husband great children and that she has forgotten him But obviously she has not forgotten George reason why his name is mentioned so often in the movie Ironically Granny will be jilted one last time as George does not really show up every time he does he is either a ghost or has his back turned to Granny The visions of Granny both real or the result of her imagination give to the movie a sense of mystery of depth in the plot This is a movie that really is about symbolism From the beginning there is this intense feeling that something special was about to take place Granny was determined even obsessed by making a white cake The occasion as we found out later on during the movie was to commemorate her jilting by George who left her at the altar This is a film that is full of symbols Almost everything from the expressions on the faces to even the rather somber and even sad outfits of the different characters suggests and gives to the film this depressing yet attractive appeal The choice of colors itself by the director Randa Haines adds to the sad appeal of the movie She does a
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