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generous in bed and on canvas, and artist who paints with mirrors, that are refractions of life. And Tereza is a photographer, trapping images with her camera. When the Soviets take over Prague. Her photos are scenes of resistance and bloodshed. Hoping to smuggle the photos out tot he west her photos are captured by the KGB. Who use the photos to identify resisters. Along with other sympathizers she is arrested and interrogated. ?Don?t you know we love you?? she is asked by a soviet. This is an echo of her feelings towards Tomas. She is released and all three, her Tomas and Sabina, end up in Geneva. Where each makes a crucial emotional choice. Tereza to leave Geneva, because she feels that her husband does not love her, Tomas to follow her back to Czechoslovakia, and Sabina to

leave her lover Franz. Who she once told Tomas ??. He?s the best man I?ve ever known. He?s bright, handsome, and he?s crazy about me. And, he?s married?.? The movie and the novel both have their strong similarities to each other, but there are also major differences between the works due to their different mediums of expression. The novel uses the written word, while the movie uses stage, screen and sound to express itself. In terms of expression the stage, screen and sound will always win. You can see the events as they ?actually seemed to? happen. You can more freely and easily associate yourself and your feelings for a character in a story when that story is told in film. The downside to film however is that is cannot contain, nor hope to represent all the symbols that the

author of the novel used to express himself. And something is lost in the transition from the written novel to the big screen. After all how does one emphasize the ideas of the goals we pursue and what the composition of life is on the screen when we are focusing more of our attention to the plot of things rather than the subtleties of the language used. This is the advantage that the novel enjoys the subtle things of the work. For instance, when I read the book I came across a line, I do not recall being in the movie. It is on page 88, where the narrator says in the book ?If I were to make a record of all of Sabina and Franz?s conversations, I could compile a long list of their misunderstandings. Let us be content, instead, with a short dictionary.? The meaning in that line

leaps out at you. Sabina, who called Franz ?The best man I?ve ever known? has had a great deal of misunderstandings about each other. They do not share a kindred spirit as her and Tomas do. The second part of the quote ?Let us be content, instead, with a small dictionary.? Refers the reader back to the beginning of the relationship and the purity it had initially for Sabina. In the book she wishes to live life lightly. She has cut away all ties to any burden that might limit her freedom. For it is that access to freedom that allows her to float above life. Never allowing herself to be dirtied by it. This type of behavior on her part is central to the story, during the middle part of it. Yet the movie does not pay it a great deal of attention. The movie focuses on the conflicts

going on in Tomas, rather than in Sabina. The main idea is lost somewhat in the films focus on Tomas, who only adequately manages to express the unbearable lightness of being. In the end of the film we see Tomas become weighed down somewhat and we find out only at the very end what happens to Sabina. She has gone to the United States. The one way of creating lightness or the weight with the ground in life that the stories places emphasis is by entering a lifestyle that contains certainty, predictability or stability. This main idea is more easily represented in a novel than on screen. So in the end the written word is a better medium that the medium of stage and screen. 39c