Now a Major Motion Picture is a unique look at the many sources, literary and otherwise, that influence film adaptations. Christine Geraghty subverts the idea that film adaptations of novels and plays must be faithful to the original texts. She is more interested in how, while a film reflects its literary source, it also invites comparisons to our memories and associations with other versions. Geraghty looks at a variety of adaptations, from the works of Jane Austen and Tennessee Williams to Brokeback Mountain and the adaptation of a setting, historical New York City.
Christine Geraghty is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is the author of Women and Soap Opera (1991) and British Cinema in the Fifties (2000).
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 Narrative and Characterisation in Classic Adaptations: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Pride and Prejudice Chapter 3 2 Art Cinema, Authorship, and the Impossible Novel: Adaptations of Proust, Woolf, and Joyce Chapter 4 3 Tennessee Williams on Film: Space, Melodrama, and Stardom Chapter 5 4 Feminism, Authorship, and Genre: Adaptations of the Novels of Edna Ferber and Pearl S Buck Chapter 6 5 Revising the Western: Movement and Description in The Last of the Mohicans(1992) and Brokeback Mountain Chapter 7 6 Space, Setting, and Mobility in Old New York: The Heiress, The House of Mirth, and Gangs of New York Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Filmography Chapter 10 Bibliography