A Raisin in the Sun Questions and Answers
by Lorraine Hansberry

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For A Raisin in the Sun, identify three differences between the print version and the film version.  Then say which version you prefer and explain why.

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My answer will refer to the earliest film version, from 1960, of A Raisin in the Sun.

What strikes one is how closely the film recreates the play. This should not be surprising, given that this version was made so soon after the premiere of the stage production, and that Lorraine Hansberry herself wrote the screenplay.

The only significant differences between play and film are as follows:

The scene in some print versions of the play with a Mrs.Johnson who visits the Younger family is cut. But this scene was also cut from the opening production of the play itself. It adds little dramatically to the story.

What typifies the production of filmed plays is the effort to make the drama more cinematic by introducing scenes outside the main setting. In A Raisin in the Sun Walter, in the film, is shown at his job as a chauffeur. Later, a scene takes place in a bar after the episode of Walter's unfortunate business transaction in which his father's insurance money has been lost.

These scenes have the...

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