October 30, 2005

From the stage to the big screen

I am an avid reader and movie-goer, so when a book is adapted into a film (or vice versa), I'm in heaven. I suppose the same goes for theater. I love attending the theater, so I find it fascinating how many plays have been adapted into movie versions.

The 1968 version of Doctor Faustus with Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton. Burton plays Faustus & Taylor as Helen of Troy. Apparently in this movie, Helen has a much larger, more important part then in the original play. I wonder if Helen was made a larger part because of Taylor or if they chose Taylor to fit Helen? Here's the New York Times review of the film.

Hamlet is a play that has probably been adapted into every form. There was a 1990 version with Mel Gibson & Glenn Close, a version with 2000 version starring Ethan Hawke & Bill Murray, & the 1996 version with Kenneth Branagh, also my personal favorite. Each of these follows the classic Shakespearan storyline, but with their own personal touch. Whereas the Gibson version takes place in Denmark complete with castles and ancient garb, the 2000 edition is modernized to take place in the now, yet they the characters still speak the original language.

The Glass Menagerie was made into a film in 1987. I've never seen the movie, but it seems as if there are only four characters in the cast, just like the play. I find that fact fascinating, because movies tend to add characters &/or scenes, but from what I've found, the movie sticks to the original plot & characters.

It fascinates me that plays, movies, & books can be adapted into other mediums & yet still maintain the entertainment factor. I understand that scenes & dialogue can be altered, but generally the goal of the storyline remains unaltered.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 30, 2005 04:31 PM
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