Literature/Film Quarterly

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, 1992

Berlin Poetry: Archaic Cultural Patterns in Wenders's Wings of Desire
Since 1969, the collaborative efforts of the German filmmaker Wim Wenders and the Austrian writer Peter Handke have dealt with aspects of contemporary malaise: communication breakdown, loneliness and spiritual homelessness, the German identity crisis,...
Evil Has Its Charms
Evil Has Its Charms Wheeler Winston Dixon, The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series, 26) intro. by John Carpenter, 591 pp. photos, 1991 ISBN 0-8108-2375-6 $59.50, and Wheeler Winston Dixon, The Films of...
Fitzgerald, Gatsby and the Last Tycoon: The "American Dream" and the Hollywood Dream Factory-Part Two
Part two of a two-part essay continued from Vol. 20, No. 1.What of the audience, the other term in the movie equation, the other partner in the star-audience relationship? A clue as to precisely why Fitzgerald may have chosen to reduplicate even the...
Freud at Paris, Texas: Penetrating the Oedipal Sub-Text
Awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Paris, Texas was co-authored by German film director Wim Wenders and American playwright/actor Sam Shepard, and was adapted by L.M. Kit Carson. It depicts two brothers and their wives; couples...
Literature and Film: An Annotated Bibliography of Resources
Literature and Film: An Annotated Bibliography of ResourcesThe last twenty years have witnessed a burgeoning of film studies at universities. Paralleling the growth of this academic discipline is an impressive body of film and film/literature scholarship...
Literature, Film, Music: Julien Gracq's "Le Roi Cophetua" and André Delvaux's Rendezvous À Bray
Since his first feature, The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965), established his international reputation, André Delvaux has remained Belgium's best-known director. Over a twenty-five year period, against a backdrop of persistent financial instability...
Revolutionary Spirits: The Wedding of Wajda and Wyspianski
Wesele (The Wedding), a fin-de-siècle play by Stanislaw Wyspianski, is known outside Poland largely through the influence it has exerted upon the films of Andrzej Wajda. The hypnotic circular polonaise at the end of Ashes and Diamonds is borrowed from...
She Had Eyes A Man Could Drown In: Narrative, Desire and the Female Gaze in the French Lieutenant's Woman
In Reading for the Plot, a study of the complex structuring of meaning and desire which narrative performs and plays out, literary critic and theorist Peter Brooks observes that desire enables the very existence of the signifying chain of narrative meaning.1...
Studied Simplicity: David Mamet's on Directing Film
Studied Simplicity: David Mamet's On Directing Film David Mamet. On Directing Film. New York: Viking, 1991.David Mamet has never wanted for confidence. With workmanlike application of his talent, he has succeeded as playwright, but also as poet, screenwriter,...
Thoughts and Their Discontents: Törless-Book to Film
In the course of his career, Volker Schlöndorff has produced a number of films based on novels which many directors would have hesitated to tackle. The Handmaid's Tale is his most recent; his most popular was certainly The Tin Drum, which won the 1979...
Wajda's Kanal and Mrozek's Tango
1.Film critic John Simon once included Kanal among his favorite dozen films. "Kanal" he wrote, "seems to me, except for one minor flaw, as perfect an anti-war film as was ever made. . . . [I]t comes as close as any work of art can to breaking the heart"...