Thursday, 23 September 2010

Unit 1 - The Fly (1958 and 1986)

The Fly 1958

Directed by Kurt Neumann and released in Norway originally. A scientist tested himself to see if humans can be transported using his transportation pods but....something went wrong. He hid his face using a black sheet while his wife comes in to bring him food but soon came curious on why he hid his face. When she suggested him to get teleported again to change back to normal, he disagreed at first then agreed to give it a go. Nothing had changed when he teleported but instead, he shocked his wife when she revealed him, making her faint. As he destroyed his transportation pods, he wanted his wife to kill him as he did not want to live like he is now. His wife managed to do so and was questioned a day later by his brother.

Three quotes in italics from the film and three answers on what they mean by my own words.

1. This is how things happen when teleportation goes wrong. You end up killing one thing and the other person kills the other.

Quote 1: "You've commited murder just as much as Helene did. You killed a fly with a human head. She killed a human with a fly head."

2. A cry for help as a fly with a man's head.

Quote 2: "Help Me! Help Me!"

3. Things wouldn't be amusing if life had no violence.

Quote 3: "It'd be funny if life wasn't so sacred."

The Fly 1986

The remake of the fly made in 1958, shows a different plot but still features the transportation pods and the scientist turning into a fly. The movie was directed by David Cronenburg, which was released in the UK on the 13th Feburary 1986. This movie shows more what a fly can do than it did with the first and as well as showing gruesome things. The scientist wasn't married in this movie but showed that he is in love with a Journalist. The Journalist killed him with a gun when he fully changed into a monsterous insect.

What I prefered best was the remake of the movie as it showed more of the transformation and the behaviour of the fly itself. Also, the scientist in the first movie of The Fly, wanted to die as he doesn't want to look like he is now. However, the remake of the movie, the scientist wanted to live, to show everyone that he was the first to splice with another living thing. But soon died when trying to get the Journalist to slice with him in the transformation pods with their unborn baby.

Three quotes in italics from the film and three answers on what they mean by my own words.

1. Seth wanted the disease to do what it wants so he could be the first to have transformed into something that has never existed before in the real world.

Quote 1: "Whaddaya think? A fly. Am I becoming a hundred-and-eighty-five-pound fly? No, I'm becoming something that never existed before. I'm becoming... Brundlefly. Don't you think that's worth a Nobel Prize or two?"

2. Seth hoped that teleportation could change everyone's life, without the use of transportation.

Quote 2: "What am I working on? Uhhh ... I'm working on something that will change the world and human life as we know it."

3. Seth explained how the teleportation suddenly sliced him and the fly into one. Like mating one species and another to see what the child will look like when it's born.

Quote 3: "A fly... got into the... transmitter pod with me that
first time, when I was alone. The computer... got confused - there
werent supposed to be two separate genetic patterns - and it
decided to... uhh... splice us together. It mated us, me and the
fly. We hadnt even been properly introduced.", Inc. (1990). The Fly (1958). (Accessed on 23rd September 2010), Inc. (1990). The Fly (1986). (Accessed on 23rd September 2010)

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