Skip to comments.Malaria [Great short film]
Posted on 03/16/2013 1:11:24 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
It is an age old discussion in the arts of not just what story is told, but how it is told. First, there was only campfire stories. Then came the written word and theater. Then films, comic books, and even video games.
Which is the best medium for telling stories? This is an actual argument, with purists of one medium deriding other mediums. Currently film is probably king of storytelling media. People who enjoy a novel often want to see it on film. Fans of novels want to see their favorite books be translated to film. Yet when that happens, they are almost always disappointed. Comic books are continually derided as child stories, yet when they are translated to film, fans don't like them as much as the comics. The graphic novel Watchmen is a good example. This was a graphic novel deliberately written to exploit the graphic novel format, deliberately to be unfilmable. Yet finally people brought it to film, and the result was predictably dissappointing. It has to be read as a graphic novel to be enjoyed.
Malaria is the kind of art where the medium is as much of the story as the message. Could it be as entertaining if it had been done any other way?
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