Review by Choice Review
Following their excellent adaptation guides Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (CH, Jun'98) and Video Versions: Film Adaptations of Plays on Video (CH, Apr'01), the authors analyze hundreds of significant literary and popular plays from the world theater adapted for the international screen, silent films to 1999 releases. Since to include all adaptations would be daunting, the authors focus on significant works for the "common reader" rather than on the academic canon. The selections--standard dramas, Shakespeare, and musical theater--range from the serious to the silly (e.g., Ten Things I Hate about You), but the analyses are always thoughtful and often amusing, and cite brief opposing opinions from major critics. Each entry features film production information, play synopsis and assessment, adaptation assessment, and secondary bibliography. Cross-references and a good name/title index help, as do some black-and-white photos and line drawings. Readers will complain about exclusions, but this volume is an excellent addition for all film and literature collections, complementing the previously mentioned works, Jackson's Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (CH, Sep'01), and Leonard's Theatre: Stage to Screen to Television (CH, Feb'82) and More Theatre (1993). General and undergraduate readers. A. J. Adam Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
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