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Wit (2001 TV) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Harold Pinter

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Wit (2001 TV)

Professor Vivian Bearing, 48, a specialist in Renaissance English literature and especially the poet John Donne, has been diagnosed with inoperable ovarian cancer. While she undergoes 8 months of brutal experimental chemotherapy, she looks back on her life of words and teaching, realizing what language did and could not do for her, and where her generally excellent teaching methods may have failed her students, or perhaps herself. Director Mike Nichols and star Emma Thompson collaborated on a teleplay based on the stage play by Margaret Edson. Restrained and meditative themes from Shostakovich and Gorecki adorn the soundtrack. This quiet and slow-paced yet intense story is almost entirely Thompson's, but Atkins has two effective scenes as her mentor, Professor Ashford.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Script Analysis of Wit (2001 TV)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   very deep philosophy-of-life stuff Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   teacher

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Is this movie based on a    -   play

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