So, as some of you may know, I am a major film buff. I have been casually studying cinematography since middle school and have visited a couple film museums. I am taking a class for my PhD program right now where we’re studying film adaptations of Brazilian novels, which is already set to be one of the highlights of this semester. For this week, we’re talking about some basic film theory in class and the process of adapting (or “translating”) works of literature into film. As such, we were assigned to read Linda Costanzo Cahir’s book Literature into Film: Theory and Practical Approaches (2006). What follows is a live stream of my reactions to the book as I was reading it.
Is this book outdated due to the increase in digital technology since its release?
This book’s exacting detail into the physical process of making a film is delectable.
Parallels between film editing and literary editing; have not thought of this before.
I love this book. 10/10 would recommend.
Continuity editing vs. montage editing. Montage like stream of consciousness.
Omg I just said that and then there were tables
Took until 18% of the way through the book to mention Citizen Kane
I know a lot of this film terminology already
I want to go to another film museum
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE NOW I WILL HAVE NIGHTMARES
“Literature is the least expensive art form” no shit, she says and cries into her ramen.
Auto and Film industry same goal? New thoughts and vantages. I like.
hehehehe Duck Soup
I’m glad I’ve been casually studying film since middle school.
I would like to see a film version of O Verdadeiro Ator
MBFGW is a fabulous film and deserves all of its accolades
So glad I sat in all of Capouya’s lectures on film translation/adaptation
Auteur theory, Roland Barthes, the death of the author — nothing new there
Was literally just talking about the death of the author with Kari
SIGNIFIEDS AND SIGNIFIERS I LOVE CRITICAL THEORY
Remember that time I wrote dating advice for different philosophies/critical theories in undergrad? I do.
Derrida is bae.
“The best boy is the primary assistant to the gaffer” Um, no sir, pretty sure Best Boy is Yuuri Katsuki. #ViktuuriTrash
My first research project on cinematography was in seventh grade in Kathy Rotruck’s class.
Fun fact, Jean Hagan was actually a decently talented singer. She coulda dubbed herself in the singing too. Lol Singing in the Rain is so freaking meta
The book is bringing up “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to talk about how closely the song is paired with the images in the film. I think that “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is like that as well, when you see Meet Me in St. Louis. I grew up with that song, but after seeing that film, I will never be able to separate it from the image of that little girl destroying those snowmen.
I’ve never seen Apocalypse Now.
Film is a visual medium, yes, and that is where it derives its power. But I wonder, what about audio captions for the blind? What is that experience like?
Hmm. Think of the novel and the film as a diptych. I like
OH OH OH MASTERPIECE THEATER GETS A SHOUTOUT
Rebecca!! I was waiting for that adaptation to be referenced in this book.
hehehe A Room with a View. Omg my mother. Will never forget.
And here’s some text on The Manchurian Candidate. Been expecting that, too.
I love this book it’s fabulous. My fangirling helps in academia once again.
Finally some more in-depth talk on Kurosawa. Did not know he did The Death of Ivan Ilych as Ikiru. ADDED TO THE LIST
Oooh a table of all of Kubrick’s films.
I like Winona Ryder, but I’ve never seen The Age of Innocence
Table 10 is called Novel-based Women’s Films of the 1930s and 1940s, and I just found my new watch list.
Ooh a Michael Ondaatje novel. The English Patient. Added to the list.
I mean, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid was marvelous, after all.
Oh, it’s got themes of post-colonialism. SOLD
Bringing up how novelizations of films are usually pretty sucky. Good point. People complain a lot about movies not being as good as the book, but have you ever tried to read a novelization? Ugh.
CHAPTER FIVE PLAYS INTO FILM I WANT THE BEGGAR’S OPERA IS THERE ONE PLEASE PLEASE
Reminded of the time I wrote three papers on Hamlet in college because I was emo and depressed and Ophelia spoke to my soul.
Ophelia still speaks to my soul.
The David Tennant/Patrick Stewart Hamlet is perfection.
Choosing to talk about Lady Windermere’s Fan is interesting. It’s not as well known.
BUT if they’re talking about a silent film adaptation, they’ve got to know what they’re talking about
I also feel like Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing deserves a serious shoutout here, while we’re on the subject of Shakespeare.
The Taming of the Shrew. Kiss Me, Kate. Ten Things I Hate About You. Love them all.
IS MAN NO MORE THAN THIS??????
Hedwig and the Angry Inch has a mention. Actually some real paragraphs to it.
STOP EVERYTHING I JUST CONNECTED THAT JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL WROTE HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, WHICH I’VE ONLY EVER LISTENED TO THE SOUNDTRACK OF, AND HE IS ALSO THE PERSON THAT VIKTOR NIKIFOROV IS VISUALLY BASED ON WHAT IS MY LIFE I AM #ViktuuriTrash ALL THE TIME
KUBO-SENSEI NEVER FAILS TO SURPRISE ME
Short Stories into Film. Chapter six. Glad I won’t have to read about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which I have yet to see but cannot expect to be decent.
Of course we start with Poe.
If I didn’t have an MFA and if I hadn’t spent years studying short fiction, this would probably make a lot less sense.
I can’t do that visual from The Pit and the Pendulum. Stop, please. No.
How tf do you get an 86 minute film out of “The Raven”??? Like, the short stories I can see, but “The Raven”????
Poe and Hitchcock in the same chapter, be still my heart
The Birds is a terrible film.
“The Birds” is a terrible short story.
Rebecca is good though.
NOTORIOUS IS MENTIONED HEAVY BREATHING COMMENCES NOW INGRID AND CARY AND BRAZIL I LOVE YOU
Hmm, some Berthold Brecht. Goodbye, fourth wall.
Rear Window is perfection, ngl
Why is Daphne du Maurier so good at being so creepy? I love it.
I’ve never read Dubliners…
I’ve only seen The Maltese Falcon once…
AKUTAGAWA!!!! (#learnedabouthimthroughanime #bungostraydogs #noshame #thecharacterssuperpowerisrashomon)
ARTHUR C. CLARKE I CAN DIE HAPPY
Am I power reading? Maybe. Do I know most of this information already? Yes.
I write film reviews on my blog sometimes. I could probably skip this chapter.
I don’t like writing screenplay though. I’ve tried, it’s not my jam
Ooh, a picture of a young ScarJo
Basically, yes. I am skimming this chapter and it is literally all about how to write a critique/review of a film. Which I have been doing for years for fun.
I guess I am a little more likely to review music or literature…
Currently I’m most likely to review anime, though…
And that’s it. I hit the appendix. Kindle bumped me out of the book.
- Finally found it. This book came out in 2006. NO WONDER