Hollywood and Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

John Orr (essay date 1992)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Orr, John. “Introduction: Proust, the Movie.” In Cinema and Fiction: New Modes of Adapting, 1950-1990, edited by John Orr and Colin Nicholson, pp. 1-9. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1992.

[In the following essay, Orr compares literature and film, characterizing the relationship between the two mediums as somewhat symbiotic and usually mutually beneficial.]

In film history from 1930 onwards cinema and fiction have always closely intertwined, not only in the United States but throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Hollywood produced a set of classic adaptations in its classic period—Anna Karenin, Madame Bovary, Jane Eyre,...

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Mark Axelrod (essay date 1996)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Axelrod, Mark. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; or, The Commodification of Form in the Adaptation of Fictional Texts to the Hollywood Cinema.” Literature/Film Quarterly 24, no. 2 (1996): 201-08.

[In the following essay, Axelrod states that Hollywood adaptations of works of literature tend to ignore the stylistic nuances of the written word in favor of linear development of the characters and storyline.]

When I once asked a film composer friend if he had seen the remake of Les Liaisons Dangereuses he responded with the comment, “No, but I heard the soundtrack.” It was, of course, an ironic response, but as an ironic response it makes an implicit...

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