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Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature / Edition 1
     

Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature / Edition 1

by John Desmond, Peter Hawkes
 

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ISBN-10: 007282204X

ISBN-13: 9780072822045

Pub. Date: 03/04/2005

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

This concise and readable new text for courses in Film Adaptation or Film and Literature introduces students to the art of adapting works of literature for film. Adaptation describes the interwoven histories of literature and film, presents key analytical approaches to adaptation, and provides an in-depth overview of adaptations of novels, short stories, plays,

Overview

This concise and readable new text for courses in Film Adaptation or Film and Literature introduces students to the art of adapting works of literature for film. Adaptation describes the interwoven histories of literature and film, presents key analytical approaches to adaptation, and provides an in-depth overview of adaptations of novels, short stories, plays, nonfiction, and animation. The book concludes with an analysis of why adaptations sometimes fail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780072822045
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
03/04/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
545,909
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Why Study Film?

What Is Film Adaptation?

The Fidelity Issue

Classifying Adaptations

Advance Inquiries

Some Limitations

Works Cited

CHAPTER 1: CINEMA’S TURN TO NARRATIVE

Early Cinema History

Audiences, Production, and Distribution

Why Adapt a Text?

Works Cited

CHAPTER 2: LITERARY AND FILM TERMS

Literary Terms

Film Terms

CHAPTER 3: FILM ADAPTATION: THE CASE OF APPLES AND ORANGES

Unfixed to Fixed

Single to Multitracks

Story and Discourse

Is It Faithful or Not?

Status of Literature vs. Film

Close, Loose, and Intermediate

The Auteur

Intertextuality

A Method of Comparison

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

CHAPTER 4: A METHOD FOR STUDYING FILM ADAPTATION

"Spade and Archer," Chapter 1 of THE MALTESE FALCON, by Dashiell Hammett

Analysis of Narrative Elements of "Spade and Archer"

Opening Sequence of THE MALTESE FALCON, Directed by John Huston

The Continuity Script

Analysis of Film's Opening Sequence

The First Chapter and the Opening Sequence

Microcosmic and Macrocosmic Analyses

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

CHAPTER 5: THE NOVEL

Some Fundamentals of Novel Adaptation

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, by Harper Lee

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Directed by Robert Redford

The Novella

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, by NormanMacLean

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, Directed by Robert Redford

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of Novel and Novella Adaptations

CHAPTER 6: THE SHORT STORY

Three Strategies for Expanding the Short Story to a

Feature Film

"THE KILLERS," by Ernest Hemingway

THE KILLERS, Directed by Robert Siodmak

"THE SWIMMER," by John Cheever

THE SWIMMER, Directed by Frank Perry

"MEMENTO MORI," by Jonathan Nolan

MEMENTO, Directed by Christopher Nolan

Combining Strategies

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of Short Story Adaptations

CHAPTER 7: THE PLAY

Drama and Fiction

Drama and Film

Opening Up a Play

A SOLDIER'S PLAY, by Charles Fuller

A SOLDIER'S STORY, Directed by Norman Jewison

Murder Scene from Fuller's A SOLDIER'S PLAY

Shot Analysis of Murder Scene from A SOLDIER'S STORY

Degrees of Opening Up

The Length of a Play

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of Drama Adaptations

CHAPTER 8: NONFICTION

"INVESTIGATING THE QUIZ SHOWS," by Richard N. Goodwin

QUIZ SHOW, Directed by Robert Redford

IN COLD BLOOD, by Truman Capote

IN COLD BLOOD, Directed by Richard Brooks

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of Nonfiction Adaptations

CHAPTER 9: ANIMATION

Some Fundamentals of Animation

"THE RAVEN," by Edgar Allan Poe

"THE RAVEN," from "TREEHOUSE OF HORROR Episode of THE SIMPSONS, Directed by David Silverman

"THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW," by Washington Irving

THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD, Directed by Jack Kinney

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of Animation Adaptations

CHAPTER 10: THE FAILED ADAPTATION

Uncinematic Texts

Cinematic Misjudgments

THE GREAT GATSBY, Directed by Jack Clayton

Summary

Topics for Discussion

Works Cited

Selected Filmography of “Failed” Adaptations

GLOSSARY

FURTHER READING ON FILM ADAPTATION

SOME INTERNET SITES

CREDITS

INDEX

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