Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byBrian McFarlane

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`It wasn't as good as the book' - this is the response to many a film adaptation, and even the starting point of many film reviews. Novel to Film is the first sytematic theoretical account of the process by which the great (and not so great) works of literature are transformed into the good, bad (sometimes ugly) but always distinctive medium of cinema. Drawing upon recent relevant literary and film theory, the book providescareful analysis of the theory and practice of metamorphosis. The Scarlet Letter, Random Harvest, Great Expectations, Daisy Miller and Cape Fear provide case studies which represent a range of fiction and cinematic practice.

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`It wasn't as good as the book' - this is the response to many a film adaptation, and even the starting point of many film reviews. Novel to Film is the first sytematic theoretical account of the process by which the great (and not so great) works of literature are transformed into the good, bad (sometimes ugly) but always distinctiv...

Brian McFarlane is at Monash University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198711506

ISBN - 13:9780198711506

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"A major contribution to the literature of this subfield....Strongly recommended to all undergraduate and research libraries collecting in the area of film or narrative theory."--Choice