Literature/Film Quarterly

Contains literature film adaptations, book reviews, and interviews with directors, screenwriters, and critics.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, 1983

Capra and Altman: Mythmaker and Mythologist
After viewing Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in 1936, Alistair Cooke wrote, I have "an uneasy feeling that he's (Capra) on his way out. He's started to make movies about themes instead of about people."1 In retrospect, Cooke's insight has proven...
Editorial: Ten, Going on Eleven
Well, we've made it into our eleventh year, with some perseverance and (we hope) consistency. We have managed to maintain lower rates than most of our competitors, though we may have to boost individual rates a dollar or two next year. We have developed...
Family Mythology: Ordinary People
This paper applies the concept of Family Mythology, and its defensive homeostatic function in family life, to the dramatic portrayal of a family in crisis in the movie Ordinary People, in an attempt to explore some of the subtle linkages between individual...
Getting at Literary Terms through Short Films
On any given day (and probably any given hour) of the school year, somewhere, somehow, for some reason, some English teacher is struggling with a class to get across some definition and understanding of a literary term. Whether it's point of view or...
High Jinks at Yellow Sky: James Agee and Stephen Crane
"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" was James Agee's second adaptation of a Stephen Crane story for producer Huntington Hartford.1 This one was filmed. "The Bride" was combined with another short feature, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's story "The Secret...
In Defense of the Deer Hunter OR: The Knee Jerk Is Quicker Than the Eye
Though widely and justly praised by reviewers and critics as a major film by a major new director, The Deer Hunter has suffered a good deal of criticism, particularly from intellectuals and ideologues of the left. Because the agrarian war scenes image...
Mildred Pierce Reshaped
Mildred Pierce Reshaped Ranald MacDougall, et al Mildred Pierce. Ed. Albert J. LaValley. Wisconsin/ Warner Bros. Screenplay Series. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1980. 259 pp. $15.00 cloth; $5.95 paper.Over the last two decades the market has...
Ready Reference: Some New Titles
We've neglected to mention that the two standard guides to 16mm distribution have both been updated. Kathleen Weaver's Film Programmer's Guide to 16mm Rentals has long since gone into its 3rd Edition (Reel Research, Box 6037, Albany, CA 94706; $20.00),...
The Redirected Image: Cinematic Dynamics in the Style of H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
The poet H.D., Hilda Doolittle, is a major twentieth-century writer whose fame begins and nearly ends in 1913 with publication of marvelous short poems that remain axiom and paradigm for the literary innovation called lmagism. Probably because she was...
The Regeneration of America: Uses of Landscape in the Deer Hunter
Setting has always been a useful fictional technique. An author can convey a great deal of his characterization and theme through descriptions of rooms, streets, cities, and landscapes. Naturally, this useful fictional technique becomes even more dominant...
The Structure of Ordinary People
Critics of Robert Redford's Ordinary People (1980) have identified the film's major themes, explored its sociological implications, and considered its generic affinities. As far as I have been able to determine, though, the commentary thus far has not...