Why does "1984" contain long passages from "the book"?
I assume you mean why does the movie version include long passages read by the narrator from the book itself. The reason for this is why I believe most movies can never match the book in intensity and meaning. When reading the book, we get into the heads of the characters. We know their thoughts, innermost feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, failures. It is very difficult to portray this accurately when portraying the characters in the movie without doing just what the director of the movie 1984 did--he gave us long passages of thoughts, feelings, motives, fears, etc. from the characters while also feeding us images and graphics which would help us grasp the overall message. It is nearly impossible to accurately depict characters in a deeper book (like 1984, Lord of the Rings, or even Harry Potter) in a movie that only lasts 2 hours. So much of the character's beliefs, opinions, feelings, thoughts, etc. is left out of the movie because of this difficulty. I was pleased to see that 1984's director decided to include passages from the book in an attempt to do the book justice.
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