Jones and James

Although I struggled at first to see any major connections between Foreign Correspondent  the book and Foreign Correspondent the movie, there were a few similarities that I found. First was the eagerness with which Johnny Jones and Johnnie James pursued their love interests. Johnny confessed his love for Carol and proposed to her after knowing her for a very short period of time. This reminded me the way in which Johnnie pines after Scooter, a man which she has never met. While Johnny’s love story had a happy ending, I think it can be argued that both characters are idealistic in the way in which they view both Carol and Scooter. It seems improbable that you would know you wanted to marry someone after such a short period of time–almost as improbable as being smitten with someone you have never met.

Another similarity I saw was the blending of fact and fiction. The movie was filled with fictionalized events surrounding WWII, while the book drew on nonfictional things and people like Alphonso Lingis. This is also something we saw in the Flamethrowers. Although I think there are many possible reasons for this, one of them could be to make the story seem more real. By adding elements that we can relate to, the stories are seem to be founded in real life while still bending our imaginations.

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One comment on “Jones and James

  1. One interesting element of the “fact and fiction” issue in the film Foreign Correspondent is the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie, which says “The events and characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental.” To me, this says that Hitchcock definitely wanted us to consider the juxtaposition of fact and fiction. He supposedly wanted us to believe that the movie is fictitious, but the very fact that he brought it to our attention must mean that he wanted us to be aware that there would be “purely coincidental” connections between the fiction of the movie and the facts of the 1940s.

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