09 November, 2006

Quiz Question (4) Heart of Darkness


Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad first published in book form in 1902. It tells the story using a device known as a frame: one, unnamed, character is relating a story told through another narrator, while the two of them are waiting in a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary. The book is very well written and, incredibly, Conrad is writting in his third language, English. His first two were Polish and French. His skill with words is nonetheless amazing, as he tells the tale of a company agent who steams three hundred miles up an African river to seek a rogue company man. The themes of the book are the evils of imperialism and an examination of many forms of 'darkness', both physical and mental.
What famous Oscar-winning film was based on this story?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, a novel I never got to in the days when I had more time for books.

I did, however, once read "Under Western Eyes". I certainly commend Conrad for his command of language, although the style was not to my taste.

I leave it to others to identify the film. A good film, an encouragement to track down the book.


PS That book's title was also usurped for a masterful song by Pere Ubu.

PPS I also remember reading a comic version of Conrad's Lord Jim when I was young! I have thus experienced different Conrad books through three different media.

Thursday, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

I read some Conrad many years ago. I can't name the film though!

Thursday, November 09, 2006  
Blogger jim said...

I thought I was short of time before, Bazza, now that I am painting again full time, I am sorely strapped for time, and aching as well.

I can almost think of this film, but it just won't speak, why I should know it, I don't know that?

For some reason it reminds me of the 'real' james bond, the man on whom the movie Bond was inspired by, I think he was a white russian? It has been a long time, 30 or more years, ouch!

Thursday, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before reading the rest of the replies, I predict Rob knows this movie without batting an eye because Rob knows everything. So now I will post this comment, bazza, and find out if I'm not correct!

Friday, November 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, I'm shocked. The one thing within the entire canon of Western Civilization Rob doesn't know. My husband thinks it was Apocalypse Now. Is he right, bazza?

Friday, November 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apocalyspe Now. Marlon brando was so obese that Francis Koppola had to shoot most of the scenes in shadows. Charlie Sheen also acted in it.
benny

Sunday, November 12, 2006  
Blogger slaghammer said...

I just can’t resist reading the comments before I try to guess the answer. In every case so far, the answer is revealed and I’m glad I didn’t publicly expose the depth of my ignorance. For some reason it is less embarrassing to admit it than it is to show it. I always enjoy the visit though.

Sunday, November 12, 2006  
Blogger Bazza said...

stephen: Interesting comment. You are too modest!

rob: I share's Gem's surprise.

jim: I'm pleased to read that you are painting full-time again. I, too, vaguely recall something something about the 'real' James Bond.

gem: Your hubby is correct!

benny: Thanks for the interesting insight and added information. I remember seeing the film for the first time and wondering why Brando was shot in that way.

slaghammer: It's fun when people guess wrongly; pity you didn't make a fool of yourself!

In case you havn't gathered by now the answer is Apocalypse Now with Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duval ("I love the smell of Napalm in the morning")

Monday, November 13, 2006  
Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

I don't know but I definitely want to put this on my to-be-read list. Sounds great!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a piece of literary art. It was a must read for us in highschool - as it is filled with the most amazing literary techniques.

Answer: Acopolyse Now....what a movie!

Monday, December 11, 2006  
Blogger bazza said...

My new blog, To Discover Ice, is at: http://todiscoverice.blogspot.com/ See you there!
Bazza

Thursday, August 12, 2010  

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