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Description - Novels into Film by George Bluestone

First published in 1957, this work of film theory analyses the process - "the mysterious alchemy" - by which novels are transformed into films. Beginning with a discussion of the aesthetic limits of both the novel and the film, George Bluestone goes on to offer close readings of six films based on novels of serious literary merit - "The Informer", "Wuthering Heights", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Pride and Prejudice", "The Ox-Bow Incident" and "Madame Bovary" - focusing on the additions, deletions and other changes made by the filmmakers in adapting the source material for the screen. Based on both in-depth research into film archives and libraries and on interviews with the screenwriters, directors, and producers who worked on these films, "Novels into Films" concludes that because the novel lends itself to states of consciousness and the film to observed reality, the adaptation of one from the other produces a new and wholly autonomous art form.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801873867
ISBN-10: 080187386X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 251
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George Bluestone

George Bluestone is professor emeritus of film at Boston University.