Cinema and Fiction

Cinema and Fiction : New Modes of Adapting, 1950-90

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A book for film and literature buffs alike, "Cinema and Fiction" looks at the successes and failures of film adaptions of well known novels over the last forty years. Written as a guide to assist teachers of the subject, most of the essays contain detailed textual readings of either book or film, or both, while the remainder raise more general issues about the nature of literary adaptation. Wider questions on the differences in adaptation between the American and European cinema are also highlighted, and "1984", "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", "The Shining", "Empire of the Sun" and "Dune" are among the films and novels more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 468g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0748603565
  • 9780748603565

Table of contents

Introduction - "Proust", the movie, John Orr. Part 1 Political fiction and the cinema: "The Trial" of Orson Welles, John Orr; filming the unfilmable - Volker Schlondorff and "The Tin Drum", Richard Kilborn; "A Dry White Season" - the personal and the political, Olga Taxidou and Vassiliki Kolocotroni; Peter Weir's version - "The Year of Living Dangerously", John Orr; "Nineteen Eighty Four" and "1984", John Ellis; "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" on film, Catherine Fellowes. Part 2 Hollywood and the literary product: words selling pictures, John Izod; the impossible object - reflections on "The Shining", John Brown; "Dune" - a tale of two texts, Elizabeth and Michael Liddel; Ballard's nightmares, Spielberg's dreams - "Empire of the Sun", Frank Gormlie; Hollywood and race - "To kill a Mockingbird", Colin Nicholson; "Blade Runner" - the economic shaping of a film, Rick Instrell; some narrative sources of "Alien", Robbie more