Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: The relationship between text and film

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A close study of the relationship between text and film versions of Great Expectations.
Literature and film studies students will find plenty of material to support their courses and essay writing on how the film versions provide different readings of the original text.

Focussing on David Lean's film of Great Expectations, the book discusses: the literary text in its historical context, key themes and dominant...

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Screen Adaptations: Great Expectations: A close study of the relationship between text and film

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Overview

A close study of the relationship between text and film versions of Great Expectations.
Literature and film studies students will find plenty of material to support their courses and essay writing on how the film versions provide different readings of the original text.

Focussing on David Lean's film of Great Expectations, the book discusses: the literary text in its historical context, key themes and dominant readings of the text, how the text is adapted for screen and how adaptations have changed our reading of the original text.
There are numerous excerpts from the literary text, screenplays and shooting scripts, with suggestions for comparison. The book also features quotations from authors, screenwriters, directors, critics and others linked with the chosen film and text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713679090
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Screen Adaptations Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian McFarlane is Honorary Associate Professor at Monash University,
Australia. He is a distinguished figure in literature and film whose books include The Encyclopedia of British Film and An Autobiography of British Cinema, The Cinema of Britain and Ireland, and Novel to Film.

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Table of Contents


Pt. 1 Literary contexts An enduringly popular novel 3 Pt. 2 From text to screen Adaptations and extrapolations across the media 41 Great Expectations on television 63 Great Expectations (1934): a Hollywood studio romance 83 Great Expectations (1975): a musical sans songs 95 Great Expectations (1998): from estuary to gulf, to Manhattan and back 111 Great Expectations (1946): something like a classic 127 Pt. 3 The afterlife of Lean's film A film of its time - and for other times 163 Bibliography 175 Index 181
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