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Comparing "Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad" And Its Film Adaptation "Apocalypse Now" By Francis Ford Coppola

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All adaptations are not created equally. According to Absolute Shakespeare ., "sixty one film adaptations and twenty one TV adaptations alone have been made of Hamlet, the earliest being in 1907 and the latest in 2000" Many adaptations do not even come close to what an adaptation should be. The closer they come to portraying the original Authors' views, the better that adaptation is. Francis Ford Coppola adapted Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness to the big screen and called it Apocalypse Now. He blended a conventional war film with the themes of Heart of Darkness, making it one of the greatest films of all time. Coppola incorporated all the characteristics of a great adaptation to make his ...view middle of the document...

When Novels are adapted to film they must satisfy both mediums. Films must be entertaining to satisfy the movie viewer in us, but must also be thought provoking to suit the reader watching the film.For a film to be called an adaptation it must fulfill several requirements. The most important and general requirement is to keep the Author's main idea intact. The story line is usually altered to suit the desires and views of the producer and the audience. An adaptation does not need to be an exact replica of the novel to be effective. As Mrs. Horger put in, Approaching Film adaptation of a novel - Research in Communication"When you read a novel, you create your own image,your own story, through the unique interaction betweenyourself and the novel. There is no one interpretation ofthe book. And when the filmmaker (a broad term I usehere to include all who form the adaptation) reads anovel, he/she creates his/her own interpretation, separatefrom ours. Then, the filmmaker must "translate" his/herreading of the novel to the visual medium of film. Soasking whether the film is faithful to the novel is a verybasic question -- something that we must quickly getbeyond to analyze the filmmaker's vision".Characters can look different and have different names, but the viewer of the film should be able to relate the main characters of the novel to the ones in the film without being told which character in the film correlates to which character in the novel.It is much more difficult to sit through a film for about two hours than it is to read a novel for two hours. The reason is, when reading, your mind is stimulated much more than when you are sitting watching a film. When you read, you need to create all the images in your mind. Films do all that work for you. People usually do not watch a movie in more than one sitting because it ruins the movie experience unlike a person reading a novel who can take as much or as little time as they want when reading and it will not ruin their experience. To entertain and keep the viewer interested for the duration of the film, films generally need to have some quantity of action or amusement. For that reason, in many cases, the plot is generally altered if a novel does not have a sufficient amount of action. In addition the Director must make changes necessary for dramatic effect and to portray his or her view of the novel. When adapting a novel into a film, the scenery can be altered and not affect the effectiveness of the adaptation, if it does not take away from the essence of the novel. In some novels the scenery or setting has a lot of significance, but in others the scenery is irrelevant, and the Author puts it in just for effect. Even if the scenery does convey a specific meaning a Director can alter the scenery as long as it conveys the same message. The Director must often interpret the film to conform to the time period and social state to which it is filmed. In a novel, the Author always has time to explain any...

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