Re: RARA-AVIS: More On Movie Adaptations

Date: 21 Aug 2003


Re your quextion below:

> It's a matter of complex translation to say who
> pulled the trigger?

The story goes that not even Chandler could remember who killed Regan (though it might have been one of the other murders he couldn't remember). The novel had an amazingly complex plot; the film simplified while keeping its spirit.

Scarlett lost a sister, a brother-in-law, and two kids in making the transition to film, but that doesn't mean the film version of GWTW was unfaithful, anymore than simplifying the complex plot of TBS makes it unfaithful. It's a consequence of adapting for different mediums.

Turning Marlowe into a "court jester," as someone else put it, to show your contempt for the novel and the genre from which it springs is a whole different stretch of country.


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