taijasi said:Has anyone seen the movie Razor's Edge (preferably the 1946 version), recently enough, or are you familiar enough with it - to give a quick summary here, with focus on plot and theme? I think it would be neat to look at this one. I'm off to eat some birthday cake, but later I will make my best go at a plot summary ... if no one else has posted one.
(What I find at IMDB, though technically accurate in terms of the "plot" definition you posted, Bandit, is quite disappointing. Perhaps it is the theme I was seeking. Could we look at the relation between these two? At this point, I would hope at best to catch a glimpse of Razor's Edge as W. Somerset Maugham himself - meant for it to be. Isn't that what you were getting at, Bandit?)
thanks Andrew . yes. you have it correct. there is a difference in theme & plot. i am glad you want to discuss it that way & compare. that should be an eye opener for some who do not know.
for example the plot in the Bishops Wife is a wife who is being very neglected by her husband & she is unhappy but not making it known to him because she loves him & so she waits... He is too busy for her...so you have this angel who comes in & tries to bring them together before Christmas.
the theme there as i see it, would be Christmas & things to do with Christmas Time. there can be more than one theme also.
but plot is different. one plot, but you can have subplots.
i have not seen or read razors edge. here is what i got for the story & for the plot outline:
(as for the theme(s), i cant say.)
i kind of view plot outline as something different than plot. it gives a more general approach to describing the action invlolved. plot outline tends to give a theme as well as the plot in the part i underlined. IMO
is that also what you were emphasizing comparing plot & theme in this particular story?
if so, i think we are in agreement.
Tagline: The story of one man's search for himself.
Plot Outline: He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.
i think this is educational & rewarding, even if others do not see it that way.
we can look at other plots in many different things, stories, movies & texts if you would like, discuss the differences & i would enjoy that.
have a nice weekend.