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When a literary work is adapted into a film the common question that arises is which of the two versions is better Each medium written or film has its own unique qualities a film capitalizes on visual imaging to captivate its audience while a novel delves into the mental aspects of a plot sparking our creative imaginations When observing both the novel The Joke by Milan Kundera and the film version done by Jaromil Jires it is essential to understand that the two are not in competition Rather the novel and film compliment each other in various ways with their unique qualities What one lacks in quality the other makes up for in its own magnificent way In the novel each character is a foil to the other and through the characters monologues the relationships they develop with each other can be viewed from diverse points of view In the film version the only point of view that is observed is that of Ludviks even though we never see Ludvik All of the other characters on the other hand address the camera directly This is because the point of view is a constant one As a result of this the audience loses the creative beauty that the novel has to offer There are six main characters in the novel Ludvik Lucie Helena Kostka Jaroslav and Zemanek Only Zemanek and Lucie do not have monologues in the novel Kundera intentionally made these two characters different by not allowing them a point of view in his novel thus drawing attention to them as a reflection of the character in whose monologue they appear He portrayed them in a very artistic and intelligent manner Lucie is a very important character in the novel She was an integral piece of both Ludvik and Kostka past and it is because her involvement in their lives that their present is as it is However she is entirely omitted from
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