Authorship in Film Adaptation

Divided into four parts, this collection looks first at the role of Hollywood's activist producers and major auteurs such as Hitchcock and Kubrick as they worked with screenwriters to formulate their audio-visual goals.

Author: Jack Boozer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292783157

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 353

View: 978


Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this transformation of a literary source to the screen is the writing of the screenplay. The screenplay usually serves to recruit producers, director, and actors; to attract capital investment; and to give focus to the conception and production of the film project. Often undergoing multiple revisions prior to production, the screenplay represents the crucial decisions of writer and director that will determine how and to what end the film will imitate or depart from its original source. Authorship in Film Adaptation is an accessible, provocative text that opens up new areas of discussion on the central process of adaptation surrounding the screenplay and screenwriter-director collaboration. In contrast to narrow binary comparisons of literary source text and film, the twelve essays in this collection also give attention to the underappreciated role of the screenplay and film pre-production that can signal the primary intention for a film. Divided into four parts, this collection looks first at the role of Hollywood's activist producers and major auteurs such as Hitchcock and Kubrick as they worked with screenwriters to formulate their audio-visual goals. The second part offers case studies of Devil in a Blue Dress and The Sweet Hereafter, for which the directors wrote their own adapted screenplays. Considering the variety of writer-director working relationships that are possible, Part III focuses on adaptations that alter genre, time, and place, and Part IV investigates adaptations that alter stories of romance, sexuality, and ethnicity.

Anamorphic Authorship in Canonical Film Adaptation

This book develops a new approach for the study of films adapted from canonical ‘originals’ such as Shakespeare’s plays.

Author: Robert Geal

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3030164985

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 247

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This book develops a new approach for the study of films adapted from canonical ‘originals’ such as Shakespeare’s plays. Departing from the current consensus that adaptation is a heightened example of how all texts inform and are informed by other texts, this book instead argues that film adaptations of canonical works extend cinema’s inherent mystification and concealment of its own artifice. Film adaptation consistently manipulates and obfuscates its traces of ‘original’ authorial enunciation, and oscillates between overtly authored articulation and seemingly un-authored unfolding. To analyse this process, the book moves from a dialogic to a psychoanalytic poststructuralist account of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. The differences between these rival approaches to adaptation are explored in depth in the first part of the book, while the second part constructs a taxonomy of the various ways in which authorial signs are simultaneously foregrounded and concealed in adaptation’s anamorphic drama of authorship.

Screen Adaptations Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice

Bluestone, George, Novels into Film: The Metamorphosis of Fiction into Cinema (
Berkley: University of California Press, 1957). Boozer, Jack, ed., Authorship in
Film Adaptation (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008). Brosh, Liora,
Screening ...

Author: Deborah Cartmell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408130971

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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The study of literature on screen is a growing area of study in schools and universities. Many students have to produce critical essays comparing the novel and film versions of a particular text. The Screen Adaptations series offers a wealth of study material: from the literary context of the original work, through to thought-provoking comparisons of the screen versions, critical commentary and the afterlife of the films. Pride and Prejudice is a classic piece of literature and any new adaptation is a major event. With several well-known TV and film version available (featuring stars such as Keira Knightley) as well as a Bollywood version, discussions around how these films interpret the story, themes and characters is a popular classroom choice for students and teachers alike. This new title in the Screen Adaptations series, provides a rich source of material to help students understand and write about the reciprocal relationship between film and literature. It offers in-depth analysis of the various screen versions and alternative `readings' as well as critical insight and an interview with writer Andrew Davies, best known for his 1995 BBC adaptation. Following from Shakespeare, Jane Austen on screen is now an established part of literary studies and the volume will conclude with a survey of the growing body of literature in the field.

Adaptation Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers

Thethree film adaptations that are the focus of this chapter – Little Women (
Armstrong, 1994), Howto Makean American Quilt (Moorhouse, 1995), and Divine
Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (Khouri,2002) –were alsopopular filmsat the box

Author: S. Cobb

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137315878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 167

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A lively discussion of costume dramas to women's films, Shelley Cobb investigates the practice of adaptation in contemporary films made by women. The figure of the woman author comes to the fore as a key site for the representation of women's agency and the authority of the woman filmmaker.

A Companion to Literature Film and Adaptation

The pseudo authorship of films is generally accredited to directors, especially in
the field of literary adaptation to screen, where there seems to be a conscious
desire to replace one kind of legitimized “authorship” with another. However ...

Author: Deborah Cartmell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118312049

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 491


This is a comprehensive collection of original essays that explorethe aesthetics, economics, and mechanics of movie adaptation, fromthe days of silent cinema to contemporary franchise phenomena.Featuring a range of theoretical approaches, and chapters on thehistorical, ideological and economic aspects of adaptation, thevolume reflects today’s acceptance of intertextuality as avital and progressive cultural force. Incorporates new research in adaptation studies Features a chapter on the Harry Potter franchise, as well asother contemporary perspectives Showcases work by leading Shakespeare adaptation scholars Explores fascinating topics such as ‘unfilmable’texts Includes detailed considerations of Ian McEwan’sAtonement and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Merchants of Menace

Kyle Edwards is Associate Professor of English and Director of Cinema Studies
at Oakland University, USA, where his teaching and research focus on the
industrial history of Hollywood, film authorship, and film adaptation. He is
currently ...

Author: Richard Nowell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623563943

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 442


Even though horror has been a key component of media output for almost a century, the genre's industrial character remains under explored and poorly understood. Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema responds to a major void in film history by shedding much-needed new light on the economic dimensions of one of the world's most enduring audiovisual forms. Given horror cuts across budgetary categories, industry sectors, national film cultures, and media, Merchants of Menace also promises to expand understandings of the economics of cinema generally. Covering 1930-present, this groundbreaking collection boasts fourteen original chapters from world-leading experts taking as their focus such diverse topics as early zombie pictures, post-WWII chillers, Civil Rights-Era marketing, Hollywood literary adaptations, Australian exploitation, "torture-porn" Auteurs, and twenty-first-century remakes.

From Camera Lens To Critical Lens

in Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation this essay is to tackle the practice of adaptation
as a dialogue where appropriation, ... Film authorship is often seen as either
untraceable or accidental: untraceable insofar as the auteur's expression
dissolves ...

Author: Rebecca Housel

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443804011

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

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From Camera Lens to Critical Lens: A Collection of Best Essays on Film Adaptation, edited by Rebecca Housel, takes the reader through films by directors like Alfred Hitchcock to examining the relevance of twenty-first century British politics with current film; from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to author Virginia Woolf; and, examining new theoretical approaches to international film adaptations from China, Japan, Britain, Canada, and France, as well as films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Daughters of the Dust. The collection is derived from the Popular Culture Association (PCA) film-adaptation-area conference papers, researched and written by fourteen diverse scholars from all over the world, who gathered together in San Diego, California in April 2005 to further their research by presenting their ideas on film adaptation, now in full text versions within this exciting new volume. Accessible, engaging and informative, any audience may read and enjoy this edited collection on film adaptation. The volume would also work well for pedagogical purposes, both in and out of the classroom. Such a volume may easily be used in courses for English, film studies, gender studies, women’s studies, fine art, psychology, political science, history, and more. A work of diverse international voices, this collection represents the very best on film adaptation today.

Books in Motion

This book will appeal to both a specialised readership and to those accessing the dynamic field of adaptation studies for the first time.

Author: Mireia Aragay

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042019577

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

View: 221


Books in Motion addresses the hybrid, interstitial field of film adaptation. The introductory essay integrates a retrospective survey of the development of adaptation studies with a forceful argument about their centrality to any history of culture-any discussion, that is, of the transformation and transmission of texts and meanings in and across cultures. The thirteen especially composed essays that follow, organised into four sections headed 'Paradoxes of Fidelity', 'Authors, Auteurs, Adaptation', 'Contexts, Intertexts, Adaptation' and 'Beyond Adaptation', variously illustrate that claim by problematising the notion of fidelity, highlighting the role played by adaptation in relation to changing concepts of authorship and auteurism, exploring the extent to which the intelligibility of film adaptations is dependent on contextual and intertextual factors, and foregrounding the need to transcend any narrowly-defined concept of adaptation. Discussion ranges from adaptations of established classics like A Tale of Two Cities, Frankenstein, Henry V, Le temps retrouve, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, 'The Dead' or Wuthering Heights, to contemporary (popular) texts/films like Bridget Jones's Diary, Fools, The Governess, High Fidelity, The Hours, The Orchid Thief/Adaptation, the work of Doris Dorrie, the first Harry Potter novel/film, or the adaptations made by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Walt Disney. This book will appeal to both a specialised readership and to those accessing the dynamic field of adaptation studies for the first time. Mireia Aragay is Senior Lecturer in English literature and film at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

A Companion to Luis Bu uel

Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz is Associate Professor and Chair of Film Studies at
the University of Colorado at Boulder. ... of Film and Video, Lit, Film & History,
Letras peninsulares, After Hitchcock, Authorship in Film Adaptation, and Genre, ...

Author: Rob Stone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118323144

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 656

View: 406


A Companion to Luis Buñuel presents a collection of critical readings by many of the foremost film scholars that examines and reassesses myriad facets of world-renowned filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s life, works, and cinematic themes. A collection of critical readings that examine and reassess the controversial filmmaker’s life, works, and cinematic themes Features readings from several of the most highly-regarded experts on the cinema of Buñuel Includes a multidisciplinary range of approaches from experts in film studies, Hispanic studies, Surrealism, and theoretical concepts such as those of Gilles Deleuze Presents a previously unpublished interview with Luis Buñuel’s son, Juan Luis Buñuel

The Writer on Film

Examining films about writers and acts of writing, The Writer on Film brilliantly refreshes some of the well-worn 'adaptation' debates by inviting film and literature to engage with each other trenchantly and anew – through acts of ...

Author: J. Buchanan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137317230

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

View: 319


Examining films about writers and acts of writing, The Writer on Film brilliantly refreshes some of the well-worn 'adaptation' debates by inviting film and literature to engage with each other trenchantly and anew – through acts of explicit configuration not adaptation.

Translation Adaptation and Transformation

... contemporary film adaptations, within both the historical contexts of the
Swedish 'golden age' and international Ibsen adaptations. ... The use of direct
quotations implies a notion of 'double authorship' underlining Ibsen's authorial

Author: Laurence Raw

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441157843

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 634


In recent years adaptation studies has established itself as a discipline in its own right, separate from translation studies. The bulk of its activity to date has been restricted to literature and film departments, focussing on questions of textual transfer and adaptation of text to film. It is however, much more interdisciplinary, and is not simply a case of transferring content from one medium to another. This collection furthers the research into exactly what the act of adaptation involves and whether it differs from other acts of textual rewriting. In addition, the 'cultural turn' in translation studies has prompted many scholars to consider adaptation as a form of inter-semiotic translation. But what does this mean, and how can we best theorize it? What are the semiotic systems that underlie translation and adaptation? Containing theoretical chapters and personal accounts of actual adaptions and translations, this is an original contribution to translation and adaptation studies which will appeal to researchers and graduate students.

Film Adaptation and Its Discontents

Although it might seem that the metteurs-en-scene who create Jane Austen
adaptations for the BBC and the auteurs who ... All these filmmakers are well
known to film scholars and film students; all have some claim to authorship of
their films.

Author: Thomas Leitch

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801891878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 372

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Most books on film adaptation—the relation between films and their literary sources—focus on a series of close one-to-one comparisons between specific films and canonical novels. This volume identifies and investigates a far wider array of problems posed by the process of adaptation. Beginning with an examination of why adaptation study has so often supported the institution of literature rather than fostering the practice of literacy, Thomas Leitch considers how the creators of short silent films attempted to give them the weight of literature, what sorts of fidelity are possible in an adaptation of sacred scripture, what it means for an adaptation to pose as an introduction to, rather than a transcription of, a literary classic, and why and how some films have sought impossibly close fidelity to their sources. After examining the surprisingly divergent fidelity claims made by three different kinds of canonical adaptations, Leitch's analysis moves beyond literary sources to consider why a small number of adapters have risen to the status of auteurs and how illustrated books, comic strips, video games, and true stories have been adapted to the screen. The range of films studied, from silent Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to The Lord of the Rings, is as broad as the problems that come under review. -- Shannon Wells-Lassagne

The Films of Martin Scorsese 1978 99

Authorship and Context II L. Grist. Marcus, Greil ... Medhurst, Andy (1991) 'That
Special Thrill: BriefEncounter, homosexuality and authorship', Screen 32(2): 197
–208. Metz, Christian ... (2000)Film Adaptation, London:AthlonePress. Nathale ...

Author: L. Grist

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137302045

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 357

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A detailed, theoretically attuned analysis of all of the Scorsese-directed features from The Last Waltz to Bringing Out the Dead . Grist illuminates Scorsese's authorship, but also reflects back upon a range of informing contexts.

Fitzgerald and Hemingway on Film

A Critical Study of the Adaptations, 1924-2013 Candace Ursula Grissom. Preface
. The. Ouroboros. ofCelebrity. Authorship. and. a. Six-Question. Approach. to.
Film. Adaptation. Theory. The cult ofliterary celebrity is best understood in the ...

Author: Candace Ursula Grissom

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476614540

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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A comprehensive guide to all major film adaptations based on the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, this is essential for scholars of American modernism and film studies. The author takes the approach that all visual and printed literature is born from a cycle of celebrity culture, in which authors continually create new works and reconstruct their personal images based on audience reception. The text includes two dozen reviews of individual films, from the silent era to present-day hits, such as Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby, as well as critical commentary from leading scholars of both modernist literature and film studies.

A Companion to Media Authorship

This begins to unravel a relationship between commercialism, aesthetics, and
authorship. ... wrote the playEast is East which became a highly successful movie
adaptation) that at time of the interview was being shown at the National Theatre

Author: Jonathan Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118495254

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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A Companion to Media Authorship offers 28 groundbreaking chapters which investigate the practices, attributions, and meanings of authorship. Revitalizing the study within media and cultural studies, this diverse and global collection provides the definitive work on the subject. Rethinks cultures of authorship and challenges the concept of auteurism across multiple media forms Moves beyond notions of the individual to focus on how authorship is collaborative, contested, and networked, examining cultures of authorship and the practicalities of how it works Draws on the cutting-edge research of scholars and practitioners whose work has produced significant new insights into the field Examines a wide range of media, including television, social media, radio, videogames, transmedia, music, and comic books Offers an impressive global focus, including pieces on Mexican music, amateur film production in Nairobi slums, tele-serial production in Kinshasa, Hong Kong film, and the marketing of Bollywood

Film Adaptation in the Hollywood Studio Era

Mereia Aragy's "Reflection to Refraction: Adaptation Studies Then and Now"
nicely lays out the literature that has involved "novel into film" over the last
several decades in Books in Motion: Adaptation, Intertextuality, Authorship, ed.

Author: Guerric DeBona

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252077371

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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"Guerric DeBona's new book that makes a powerful case that film adaptiations are shaped as much by contextual forces as by their literary forbears. Once it is as widely read as it deserves to be, adaptation studies will never be the same."-Thomas Leitch, author of Film adaptatin and its discontents: from Gone with the Wind to the Passion of the Christ.

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Author: Library of Congress


ISBN: WISC:89113658975

Category: Subject headings, Library of Congress


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Emile Zola and the Artistry of Adaptation

The critical reception of this film has, as the introduction to this book suggested,
been largely hostile, as it is frequently ... Vadim's adaptation, for all its infidelities,
shares in this exploration and destabilization of origin, pointing to authorship, ...

Author: Kate Griffiths

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9781906540272

Category: History

Page: 148

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Filmmakers have drawn inspiration from the pages of Emile Zola from the earliest days of cinema. The ever-growing number of adaptations they have produced spans eras, genres, languages, and styles. In spite of the diversity of these approaches, numerous critics regard them as inferior copies of a superior textual original. But key novels by Zola resist this critical approach to adaptation. Both at the level of characterization and in terms of their own textual inheritance, they question the very possibility of origin, be it personal or textual. In the light of this questioning, the cinematic versions created from Zolas texts merit critical re-evaluation. Far from being facile copies of the nineteenth-century novelists works, these films assess their own status as adaptations, playing with both notions of artistic creation and their own artistic act. Kate Griffiths is a lecturer in French at Swansea University.