Friday, January 4, 2008

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Finished The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's interesting to know so much about a story without ever having read it before. There are so many films, adaptations and interpretations of this work that it would be hard not to know of it. The novel itself is short and fairly simple. The evil doings of Hyde are mostly implied, with the exception of two incidents. However, looking through the Wikipedia entry it seems that film adaptations have him committing all sorts of atrocites.

The versions that have been in the back of my mind for many years are the cartoon Hyde and Go Tweet (1960), where Tweety Bird ingests the formula and morphs into a hideous Hyde persona, and Jerry Lewis' brilliant take-off, The Nutty Professor (1963).

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