"And Then There Were None", Film analysis of a modern film based on Agathie Chrisitie's Novel

Essay by sirrascussJunior High, 8th gradeA+, April 2007

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“And Then There Were None” is an extremely successful novel written by crime story queen, and most popular modern author: Agatha Christie. An adaptation of the famous novel is “Ten Little Indians”, a moderately successful film by Allan Berkinshaw. The themes of both stories include Justice, crime, murder and fear .The novel is about 8 guilty criminals (Emily Brent, Phillip Lombard, Vera Claythorne, Justice Wargrave, Dr. Armstrong, Tony Marston, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Rogers, general Macarthur and William Blore) and two guilty hosts invited onto an island by a mysterious character that starts off killing them one by one according to the seriousness of their guilt. All the characters end up dying and even the mysterious characters who was one of the ten later commits suicide. In both plots the murders follow a mysterious nursery rhyme. The film is also about 8 (Marian Marshal, Phillip Lombard, Vera Claythorne, Justice Wargrave, Dr.

Werner, Tony Marston, Elmore, Mrs. Rogers, General Macarthur and William Blore) criminals isolated in a remote African desert accompanied by two hosts. The character names have changed from the novel in the film, but once again a mysterious character starts off killing the ten victims one by one. However, at the end of the film, two characters survive. Such significant changes in the film are some of the reasons the film failed to compete with the popularity of the novel “And Then There Were None”.

The first point in the film where the plot drifted form Agatha Christie‘s novel was the very beginning where the setting takes place in the middle of a remote African town, while in the Novel all the characters first meet at Soldiers Island. Both plots depict the characters being isolated from the rest of the world. However the film had failed...