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CiNECiTY NEWS: The Village

Recently in CiNECiTY we began watching the atmospheric thriller, The Village.

Directed by:M. Night Shyamalanthe village

Cast:  Bryce Dallas Howard

Joaquin Phoenix

Adrien Brody

William Hurt

Sigourney Weaver

Written by: M. Night Shyamalan

Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller

Rating: M

Duration: 103min

Colour: Colour

Country/Language: USA / English

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Year of Release: 2004

Background notes:

  • Shyamalan has said that he took inspiration from the films King Kong and The Blair Witch Project and the book Wuthering Heights when creating The Village. Can you see the connections?
  • The cast was put through a 19th century “boot camp” in order for them to get a better understanding and experience of life in the time period.

Things to think about:

  • If you consider the film as an allegory (a story which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one) what real life situations could it be referring to? Think about the time and place it was made.
  • The elders of the village have tried to protect their families from the dark side of human nature. Do you think this is possible? Is there such a thing as a utopian (perfect) society?