SPU Dr. Richard Feist talks on Film Adaptation Theory: The Basics
Novel into Film: A Critical Study
Novels into Film is an important and impressive critical work that goes a good deal beyond the limited and scholarly study suggested by the title. Bluestone presents a radical analysis of the limitations, techniques, and potentialities of both novel and film by applying the useful touchstone of the changes made when the former is translated into the terms of the latter. In addition to a theoretical analysis, he examines in detail the metamorphosis of six novels into film. This investigation is particularly a propos in the light of the current cinema, which keeps demanding more and more material and naturally had taken to converting fiction. The Production Code Board estimates that something over 50 percent of the movies which they examined in were adapted from novels. Moreover, of the top ten all-time money-making films, five were adaptations. The record of critical successes is comparable.
A film adaptation is the transfer of a work or story, in whole or in part, to a feature film. Although often considered a type of derivative work , film adaptation has been conceptualized recently by academic scholars such as Robert Stam as a dialogic process. A common form of film adaptation is the use of a novel as the basis of a feature film. Other works adapted into films include non-fiction including journalism , autobiography, comic books, scriptures, plays, historical sources, and other films. From the earliest days of cinema, in nineteenth-century Europe, adaptation from such diverse resources has been a ubiquitous practice of filmmaking.
Get this from a library! Theory and technique of film adaptation of novels.. [Frank Ferenc Paal].
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