[KB] Housekeeping

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Wed May 14 19:32:13 EDT 2008



Edappel8 at cs.com wrote:
> 

>        As for how reflective of a novel the film or video version is
> depends on the film and the novel.  

Films are films and ought to be films. Sometimes directors do make the
mistake of trying to be too "faithful" to some classic novel, and as a
reult create a bad film that is also irrelevant to the novel.  There are
exceptions I suppose, but as a rule films based on novels are best when
the director and/or film writer focus on making a movie and do not let
the original overwhelm them. This is one of the reasons bad novels
sometimes make much better films than do good novels. The film relates
to the original as Shakespeare related to Holinshed or this or that
Italian novello.

Carrol




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