Synopses & Reviews
Some of the earliest feature films were derived from classic literature. Even today, most of the movies we see are adaptations of one kind or another. People who have never read Jane Austen can see her characters on the screen; but filmgoers can also see material taken from theater, television, comic books, and every other medium.
The essays in this volume, most of which have never before been published, raise fundamental questions about cinema and adaptation: what is the nature of the "literary" and the "cinematic"? Why do so many of the
films described as adaptions seem to derive from canonical literature rather than from other sources? How do the different media affect the ways stories are told?
Film Adaptation offers fresh approaches to the art, theory, and cultural politics of movie adaptations, even challenging what is meant by the term "adaptation" itself. Contributors examine the process of adaptation in both theory and practice, discussing a wide variety of films. James Naremore's introduction provides an accessible historical overview of the field and reveals the importance of adaptation study to the many different academic disciplines now attracted to the analysis of film as commodity, document, and cultural artifact.
(Contributors are André Bazin, Dudley Andrew, Robert B. Ray, Robert Stam, Richard Maltby, Guerric DeBona, O. M. B., Gilberto Perez, Michael Anderegg, Matthew Bernstein, Darlene J. Sadlier, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Lesley Stern.)
"Naremore's provocative collection breaks new ground in both theoretical and practical studies. . . . The work of informed, thoughtful writers, virtually all the essays are useful reading; combined they convey the crucial, indeed central, importance of adaptation as a critical theoretical category in film studies. Recommended for all collections." Choice
An investigation of how cinema transforms stories from other sources, such as literature and history, onto the movie screen
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-243) and index.
About the Author
James Naremore is Chancellors' Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He has edited North by Northwest (Rutgers University Press), and is the author of The Magic World of Orson Welles, Acting in the Cinema, and More than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts.
Table of Contents
Introduction :Film and the reign of adaptation /James Naremore --Adaptation, or the cinema as digest /Andrâe Bazin --Adaptation /Dudley Andrew --The field of "literature and film" /Robert B. Ray --Beyond fidelity : the dialogics of adaptation /Robert Stam --"To prevent the prevalent type of book" : censorship and adaptation in Hollywood, 1924-1934 /Richard Maltby --Dickens, the Depression, and MGM's David Copperfield /Guerric DeBona, O.S.B. --Landscape and fiction : A day in the country /Gilberto Perez --Welles/Shakespeare/film : an overview /Michael Anderegg --High and low : art cinema and pulp fiction in Yokohama /Matthew Bernstein --The politics of adaptation : How tasty was my little Frenchman /Darlene J. Sadlier --Two forms of adaptation : Housekeeping and Naked lunch /Jonathan Rosenbaum --Emma in Los Angeles : remaking the book and the city /Lesley Stern.