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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 11:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This question is mearly for my own enjoyment. According to the Hughs brothers, they paid high attention to detail in the making of their movie "From Hell" I have no doubt. There was one thing that puzzled me though, and I hope that I'm not the only one. My was their positioning of the room at Miller's Court Backwards? Either the crime scene photo is a mirror image or they're wrong. And I think they're wrong.
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 4:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


Yes, Mary Kelly's bedroom in "From Hell" was quite errenous in it's layout. However, if you listen to the DVD commentary (during which they also mention Casebook!) of the movie, they specifically state they did so for creative purposes, not for lack of research or by mistake. They wanted the shot of the Ripper's silhouette against the sleeping Mary Kelly and could not have done that if they'd kept the actual layout of the room correct. Her body ends up laying in a mirror position from the real-life position.

Actually, one thing that is a constant source of irritation for me here is seeing people judge the film's merits based on how it compares to the real-life facts, when that's not even what the movie is based on. Rather, it's based off the superb graphic novel of the same name, and should be judged against how it compares to THAT, NOT the real-life events that it's not even designed to follow. Are there any facts in it? A few, but most of them are details. And while the graphic novel served to meet the "factual" requirements of the case before going bonkers with it's crazy and yet hauntingly well-fitting (but not believable in the real-world) theory. The film, however, did away with much of the attention to detail of facts that the novel manage to retain. The movie stands best alone by itself because when compared to the novel, is so different in terms of narrative that it's not only hard to compare, but it's not nearly as good.

Whew! Sorry about that. *rant off* :-)

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