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Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films

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An Eclectic Collection of Fiction That Inspired Film

Memento, All About Eve, Rear Window, Rashomon, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all well-known and much-loved movies, but what is perhaps a lesser-known fact is that all of them began their lives as short stories. Adaptations gathers together 35 pieces that have been the basis for films, many from giants of American literature (Hemingway, Fitzgerald) and many that have not been in print for decades (the stories that inspired Bringing Up Baby, Meet John Doe, and All About Eve).

Categorized by genre, and featuring movies by master directors such as Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Frank Capra, and John Ford, as well as relative newcomers such as Chris Eyre and Christopher Nolan, Adaptations offers insight into the process of turning a short story into a screenplay, one that, when successful, doesnt take drastic liberties with the text upon which it is based, but doesnt mirror its source material too closely either. The stories and movies featured in Adaptations include:

•Philip K. Dicks “The Minority Report,” which became the 2002 blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise

•“The Harvey Pekar Name Story” by reclusive graphic artist Harvey Pekar, whose life was the inspiration for American Splendor, winner of the 2003 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

•Hagar Wildes “Bringing Up Baby,” the basis of the classic film Bringing Up Baby, anthologized here for the first time ever

•“The Swimmer” by John Cheever, an example of a highly regarded story that many feared might prove unadaptable

•The predecessor to the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, “Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid” by Jean Shepherd

Whether youre a fiction reader or a film buff, Adaptations is your behind-the-scenes look at the sometimes difficult, sometimes brilliantly successful process from the printed page to the big screen.

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Synopsis:

"A collection of eclectic stories from writers from all over the world, writers both contemporary and canonized, all which were the basis for films, some forgotten, some panned, some critically acclaimed, some box office gold, selected and accompanied by headnotes on the page to screen process of adaptation by a professor of film, literature and creative writing at the University of Florida.

About the Author

Stephanie Harrison teaches in the state university system of Florida.

Table of Contents

The Directors: Translators, Magicians, Collaborators and Thieves

“Jerry and Molly and Sam” by Raymond Carver

Robert Altman: Short Cuts (1993, DVD)

*“Blow-Up” by Julio Cortazar

Michelangelo Antonioni: Blow-Up (1966, VHS)

*“Your Arkansas Traveler” by Budd Schulberg

Elia Kazan: A Face in the Crowd (1957, VHS)

“It Had to be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich

Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954, DVD)

Science Fiction: Kubrick and Spielberg, Spielberg and Kubrick

“The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968, DVD)

“Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg/Kubrick, 2001, DVD)

“The Minority Report” by Philip K. Dick

The Minority Report (Spielberg, 2002, DVD)

Horror: Cue the Gore

“Spurs” by Tod Robbins

Freaks (Browning, 1932, VHS)

“The Fly” by George Langelaan

The Fly (Neumann, 1958, DVD and Cronenberg, 1986, DVD)

“Herbert West-Reanimator: Six Shots by Midnight” by H.P. Lovecraft

Re-Animator (Gordon, 1984, DVD)

Westerns: Tonto Means Fool in Spanish

“Stage to Lordsburg” by Ernest Haycox

Stagecoach (Ford, 1939, DVD)

“A Man Called Horse” by Dorothy M. Johnson

A Man Called Horse (Silverstein, 1970, DVD)

*“This is what it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie

Smoke Signals (Eyre, 1998, DVD)

Graphic Stories: Flying Under the Radar

**“The Harvey Pekar Name Story” by Harvey Pekar

American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman, 2003, DVD)

**“Hubba Hubba” by Daniel Clowes

Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001, DVD)

Five All-But-Lost Stories

*“The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr

All About Eve (Mankiewicz, 1950, DVD)

“A Reputation” by Richard Connell

Meet John Doe (Capra, 1941, DVD)

*“Mr. Blandings Builds His Castle” by Eric Hodgins

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Potter, 1948, VHS)

*“Cyclists Raid” by Frank Rooney

The Wild One (Benedek, 1954, DVD)

*“Tomorrow” by William Faulkner

Tomorrow (Anthony, 1953, VHS)

The Good, the Bad, and the Unadaptable

“Bringing Up Baby” by Hagar Wilde

Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, 1938, VHS)

“Babylon, Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last Time I Saw Paris (Brooks, 1954, DVD)

“The Swimmer” by John Cheever

The Swimmer (Perry, 1968, DVD)

Suspense = Style

*“The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway

The Killers (Siodman, 1946, DVD)

*“The Basement Room” by Graham Greene

The Fallen Idol (Reed, 1948, DVD)

“Memento Mori” by Jonathon Nolan

Memento (Nolan, 2000, DVD)

Classic Family Fare

“My Friend Flicka” by Mary OHara

My Friend Flicka (Schuster, 1943, DVD)

“Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid” by Jean Shepherd

A Christmas Story (Clark, 1983, DVD)

“Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa” by W.P. Kinsella

Field of Dreams (Robinson, 1989 DVD)

International Cinema

“In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Japan: Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1951, DVD)

“The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Anton Chekhov

Italy: Dark Eyes (Mikhalkov, 1987, VHS)

The Independents: Money Changes Everything

*“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates

Smooth Talk (Chopra, 1985, VHS)

“Auggie Wrens Christmas Story” by Paul Auster

Smoke (Wang, 1995, DVD)

*“Emergency” by Denis Johnson

Jesus Son (Maclean, 1999, DVD)

*“Killings” by Andre Dubus

In the Bedroom (Field, 2001, DVD)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400053148
Subtitle:
From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films
Author:
Harrison, Stephanie
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Screenplays
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenplays and Teleplays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050426
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.32x6.10x1.37 in. 1.52 lbs.

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