Compare and contrast Venus in Furs the Movie and Novel
“Venus in fur” is a much-admired movie that was released in the year 2013. Roman Polanski directed this movie is known for its vivid portrayal of feminist issues. The movie is based on a novel “Venus in Furs” by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. The novel was written and published in the year 1870. This paper intends to discuss the movie, “Venus in Fur” and the novel, “Venus in Furs” along with presenting similarities and differences between the movie and the novel.
“Venus in Furs” novel inspired the movie significantly and it is depicted through the movie. The story of novel and film emphasizes on major themes such as Female dominance, feminism, and sadomasochism. Female characters dominate male actors in the movie as well as in novel. The movie starts with audition for the role of Wanda von Dunayev. The director, shown in the movie, is thinking that all actresses are inadequate to perform the role, but suddenly Vanda Jordan enters and convince director about her performance and capabilities to perform the role of leading female character.
Like novel, movie shows that women are capable of performing the role. In the movie, the entry of Wanda is performed in same way as it is described in the novel; the director is talking over the phone to his wife and discussing poor performance shown by all women he screened during the day. In the novel, Vanda is presented as dominating and women with sinful intentions. In the movie also the character of Vanda is cruel. Sadomasochism is shown in the novel when Severin, after being humiliated by Alexis, said to her that woman is man’s enemy.
Since the novel was written by an Austrian novelist more than a century ago, it is confined to a limited class. The time related differences are also clearly visible between novel and the movie. The society and class that are portrayed in the novel, indicate towards a limited society. The film, on the other hand, appears describing the issues in wider perspectives. New issues and horizons of feminism are catered in front of audiences in a new manner. Though feminism is the main theme of the film and novel, the gap of time between both the works is clearly visible.
After analyzing the movie, “Venus in Fur” and novel “Venus in Furs”, it can be concluded that there are several similarities and differences in the movie and the novel. Both of them talk about women related issues and advocate for women rights. The film, as well as the novel, both makes fun of male masculinity. There are certain differences in the movie and the novel that are essentially required in order to convert texts into a motion picture.
I believe that there are several similarities and differences in the movie and the novel. Both of them portray feminism as main theme and both of them talk about women related issues. Movie, as well as novel, advocates for women rights. There are certain differences in the movie and the novel that are essentially required in order to convert texts into a motion picture. Both the movie and novel give specific message to audiences and readers and that is to treat women with respect.