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Филмова адаптация за „Оскар" (авторският филм „Строго охранявани влакове" през теориите за адаптацията)
An Oscar-Winning Adaptation (the Film Closely Watched Trains through Adaptation Theories)

Author(s): Ivanka Shisheva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: film adaptation; film theories; auteur theory; auteurism; new art cinema; Czechoslovak new wave cinema; social realism; censorship; cult movie.
Summary/Abstract: The article explores the film adaptation process of Bohumil Hrabal’s worldly praised novella Closely Watched Trains. It aims at providing an adequate and sufficient set of approaches to exploring a particular film adaptation from a contemporary point of view. The text explores the possibilities of the socialistic historical reality, the art cinema, the auteur theory of the director’s camera-pen, and the adaptation theories in analysing the Oscar awarded film by Jiří Menzel created with the screenplay partnership of the renowned underground literary author Bohumil Hrabal. Main concerns of the study are: proposing a set of methods and approaches to analysis in the current film case study; elaborating on the notions of perceiving Closely Watched Trains as a Czechoslovak New Wave product, an auteuristic project, and a cult movie; and further expanding on the critically acknowledged idea of the distinctive screen co-authorship between Bohumil Hrabal and Jiří Menzel.

  • Page Range: 202-221
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Bulgarian