Not surprisingly, “Miracle of the Andes” was prime feature film material. snow party This is not the first filmed version of this story, or even the second filmed version.first 1976 survive!is a Mexican production directed by René Cardona, best known for his exploitation cheesy works such as: bloody ape night. survive! It plays like a low-rent shockfest, with primitive visual effects, terrible dubbing, and an emphasis on gore. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Touchstone Pictures adapted the story in 1993. alive From the non-fiction book of the same name by Piers Paul Reid. Director Frank Marshall (spider phobia), the film stars Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton, and a predominantly white cast as the plane’s passengers. A modest hit at the box office, the film has a slick surface that only a Hollywood studio can provide, yet it remains a staple in storytelling for three decades.
Let’s compare based on this alive and snow party And see how they are different, how they are similar, and whether one is better than the other.
Hollywood opening vs. mental framing device
In most cases, alive and snow party They tell the story of Flight 571 in very similar ways, and in some cases almost exactly. But both make clear narrative choices along the way. alive The film opens and closes with a framing device in which John Malkovich depicts an older version of one of the survivors, Carlitos Paez, played by Bruce Ramsey as a younger man. Carlitos offers a few words at the beginning and end of the story. This is a fairly pointless exercise that adds no substance to the story. Malkovich even literally says “I have nothing more to say” at the end of the movie. So the real story begins right after that, with the marshals getting us onto the plane minutes before the crash.
snow party “” has a more poetic framework, but it probably makes even less sense. The story is narrated by a character (Enzo Voglinci’s Numa Turcatti) who actually dies two-thirds of the way through the screen. As the film progresses, the spiritual element is emphasized through Numa’s ghostly sacrifice, but it never quite lands. society It also starts on the ground, showing some snippets of team members and other passengers preparing to take off before boarding the plane.
From there, we move on to the main events of the story: the crash, the first attempts to survive and the rationing of meager food, the mission to find the tail of the plane and retrieve the radio battery, the decision to eat the dead, It depicts horrifying events. The avalanche that claimed the lives of almost half of the surviving survivors and the final walk by Canessa and Nando Parrado occur in roughly the same order in both films. Some details are changed or condensed along the way, but the main story is the same.
Adventure story vs. painstaking survival story
Frank Marshall has served primarily as a producer for most of his career, as co-founder of Amblin Entertainment with his wife Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, and through his and Kennedy’s own production companies, with several I have been involved in the production of works. The biggest hit song of the past 50 years. He has also directed his four feature films (and several documentaries), including: aliveAnd his direction in this film is both competent and quite artisanal.