Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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Bazin Essay

September 13th, 2011 by broncos007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Bazin has a unique style of writing. Bazin gives a number of examples which are confusing. He uses key terms such as digest, adaptation, aesthetic to incorporate into his writing. These key terms in turn help prove his points throughout his essay. I would like to focus on Bazin’s use of adaptation. Films, novels, and plays are examples of different adaptations. You generally won’t find a film as good as the same novel. There are exceptions though. For example, “Shawshank Redemption”, one of the best films, must have a great book. Not to say the the book by Stephen King is worse, but who knew that it was a novel too? Who has heard of the book before the movie?  The film “Shawshank Redemption” made the book known. In essence, the film made all of the adaptations famous.  Changing original works to make new works has an effect and the second work may lose aspects of the first. But that wasn’t the case here. The three types of adaptations: film, novel, and play are considered to be equal. It is interesting that Malraux made his film “Man’s Hope” before he wrote the book. Usually it’s the other way around with the book coming before the movie. However, if he has the idea it doesn’t matter which order it’s in. I think that is what Bazin is saying in his essay.

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