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Slaughterhouse-Five (film)

Slaughterhouse-Five
original film poster
Directed by George Roy Hill
Produced by Paul Monash
Screenplay by Stephen Geller
Based on Slaughterhouse-Five 
by Kurt Vonnegut
Starring Michael Sacks
Ron Leibman
Valerie Perrine
Music by Glenn Gould
Cinematography Miroslav Ondrícek
Edited by Dede Allen
Stephen Rotter (assistant editor)
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
March 15, 1972 (1972-03-15)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Slaughterhouse-Five is a 1972 Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, and Valerie Perrine, and features Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Holly Near, and Perry King. The scenes set in Dresden were filmed in Prague.[1] The other scenes were filmed in Minnesota.

Vonnegut wrote about the film soon after its release, in his preface to Between Time and Timbuktu:

"I love George Roy Hill and Universal Pictures, who made a flawless translation of my novel Slaughterhouse-Five to the silver screen ... I drool and cackle every time I watch that film, because it is so harmonious with what I felt when I wrote the book."

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Differences from the novel 3
  • Music 4
  • Awards 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Plot

The film follows the novel in presenting a first-person narrative from the point of view of Billy Pilgrim (Sacks), who becomes "unstuck in time" and experiences the events of his life in a seemingly random order, including a period spent on the alien planet of Tralfamadore. Particular emphasis is placed on his experiences during World War II, including the bombing of Dresden in World War II, as well as time spent with fellow prisoners of war Edgar Derby (Roche) and the psychopathic Paul Lazzaro (Leibman). His life as a husband to Valencia (Gans), and father to Barbara (Near) and Robert (King) are also depicted, as they live and sometimes even enjoy their life of affluence in Ilium, New York. A "sink-or-swim" scene with Pilgrim's father is also featured. The scenes of extraterrestrial life on Tralfamadore feature Hollywood starlet Montana Wildhack (Perrine).

Cast

Differences from the novel

In addition to the condensation, there are a number of differences between the novel and the film, including the following:

The entire prologue in which Vonnegut meets with his old war buddy and decides to name his story 'The Children's Crusade' is omitted to focus on the 'fictionalized' story of Billy Pilgrim. The opening scene, which focuses many times on Billy typing a letter to the editor of the newspaper, is actually set much later in the novel.

Several elements of the novel are missing from the film. Two characters, Kilgore Trout and Vonnegut himself, are omitted. The sequence in the novel where Pilgrim watches a movie about a bombing mission in World War II forward and then backward is also omitted because it would not have worked inside the time constraints of the film, even though Vonnegut regretted it. The novel includes repeated references to insects in amber, which are missing from the film. Pilgrim's abduction scene is shorter in the film and also misses details, such as the appearance of the flying saucer, said to be 100 feet in diameter, with purple light pulsating around the saucer's portholes along the rim.

In the film, Derby's execution happens immediately after he innocently takes a small porcelain figurine from among the ruins of Dresden. In the novel, he is put on trial first, and is executed for taking a teapot. The scene that sets up the significance of the figurine, where Derby mentions one in a letter to his wife, is also unique to the film.

The Tralfamadorian response to death and mortality, "so it goes", is not spoken once in the film despite being used one hundred and sixteen times in the novel.

Toward the end of the movie Billy helps some of his buddies to collect a huge grandfather clock. When the Russians arrive, his friends leave him alone, buried under the clock. Although the image created by this scene (the pressure of time on Billy Pilgrim) fits nicely into the plot, this part is also not found in the novel.

The bird that says "Poo-Tee-Weet" at the end of the novel is not in the movie.

Music

Slaughterhouse-Five is the first of two feature films for which Glenn Gould supplied the music. In this case it is in the form of needle drops from his Bach catalog, including Goldberg Variations Variation 25, and a performance of the third ("Allegro") movement from Keyboard Concerto #3 in D major and the second movement (Largo) of the Fifth harpsichord concerto. Gould's soundtrack actually included so little music in elapsed time, that the soundtrack album added atmospheric excerpts from Douglas Leedy's synthesized triple album Entropical Paradise. A prolonged rendition of the final movement of Bach's fourth Brandenberg concerto accompanies a cinematic montage as the main character first encounters the city of Dresden.

Awards

The film won the Prix du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival,[2] as well as a Hugo Award and Saturn Award. Both Hill and Geller were nominated for awards by their respective guilds. Sacks was nominated for a Golden Globe.

See also

References

  1. ^ Canby, Vincent. "New York Times movies pages". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Slaughterhouse-Five". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 

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