Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer, things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosened upon the world.

Book 2 Media March 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — clareowens @ 2:57 am

A movie was made as a reenactment of the famous, awarding-winning novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, in 1971 by director Hans Jurgen Pohland. This ninety minute long drama depicts the classic struggle between traditionalism and a possible “change of wind” for the Igbo people after they are taken over by European colonists in a very realistic, color manner that truly illustrates the reality behind Achebe’s original writing, and the image in which he sought to portray through the writing of his novel, on this time, in a media format. The movie was filmed in West Germany as well as in intended setting (also Achebe’s homeland) of Nigeria. Stars of the film include Elizabeth of Torro, Orlando Martins, and Johnny Sekka. Although the film did not receive as much fame and recognition as that of the book, Things Fall Apart, itself, the movie is still seen as a strong representation and accurate portrayal of the books original plot, the Igbo people and their appearance/customs, as well as what the actual scenery and setting of the Igbo people and the place in which they dwelled.

Below is about a ten minute-long clip of the film, Things Fall Apart, in which we will be able to view the Nigerian landscape that makes up the setting of the original story, a taste of the overall plot, as well as an accurate portrayal of the Igbo people and their ways of dress, customs, traditions, and speech. This clip in particular shows the scene in which the Igbo people are trying to decide whether or not they should include Okonkwo in the Council of Elders, and if  he would be able to adequately handle this given title if they were to grant him this position of authority.

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