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The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0816054495, Hardcover)One of the great pleasures of moviegoing is seeing a beloved novel adapted for the screen; one of the big delights of novel reading is encountering a book that has been made into a favorite film. The Encyclopedia of Novels into Films is an expansive volume that will guide you through the rich history of film adaptation. Each entry falls into two parts: the first describes the original novel; the second assesses the film it inspired. Particularly interesting are records for books like Dracula, Les Misérables, Great Expectations, The Body Snatchers, and The Great Gatsby, which were each made into several radically different movies. Some entries may surprise you. Did you know that The Silence of the Lambs, Shaft, and Rear Window were bestselling books before they became famous films? Trivia like this, along with larger issues about how to transform literature into visual art are covered in this wonderful and informative guide. --Raphael Shargel
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"Literature has long inspired filmmakers and screenwriters, who often labor to bring novelists' words, characters, and settings to the big screen. From such silent epics as Birth of a Nation to contemporary masterpieces such as The Lord of the Rings, the film industry has consistently looked to literature as its muse. The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film, Second Edition provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at more than 300 American and foreign novels and their film adaptations. Enhanced by more than 100 photographs and line art illustrations, entries have been revised and updated throughout, and more than 30 new articles have been added to highlight the most recent adaptations."--BOOK JACKET.
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