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Adaptations

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Since its inception, cinema has dialogued with, incorporated, and even cannibalized other art forms—pre-existing texts—and the immense question of adaption has long been a foundation of film art. To explore this vast, challenging basis of storytelling, we offer this eclectic on-going series, which ranges from spry reinventions of Shakespeare on the streets of Buenos Aires to a freewheeling Portuguese adaptation of timeless Middle Eastern folk tales.

Anatahan

Josef von Sternberg Japón, 1953

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Realized from a first person account of being marooned on the Japanese island of Anatahan after WWII, Josef von Sternberg controversially recreated the disputed events with his baroque, magnetic touch. Whether truth or fiction, Anatahan offers a potent look at social power structures in microcosm.

La guarida del gusano blanco

Ken Russell Reino Unido, 1988

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Iconoclast Ken Russell transfers Bram Stoker’s final work to modern Scotland and ups the delirium in this delightfully smutty adaptation. Hugh Grant stars as the vampire hunter tasked with the titular coven, offsetting hijinks of camp, sleaze, and an endless array of phallic symbols. Splendid.

Mucho ruido y pocas nueces

Joss Whedon Estados Unidos, 2012

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4 días
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Amidst filming the The Avengers, television auteur Joss Whedon took a break and pivoted to this low-budget and ingeniously faithful Shakespeare adaptation. Shot in a mere 11 days with close-knit theater collaborators, Much Ado About Nothing is luminous in timeless Shakespearean charm and insight.

La duquesa de Langeais

Jacques Rivette Francia, 2007

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17 días
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After taking Balzac in radically new directions with 1971’s conspiracy epic Out 1, Jacques Rivette returned to the author for this silken, haunting tale of romantic obsession. On the surface: a costume drama; underneath: the dark shadows of doomed love. With Jeanne Balibar and Guillaume Depardieu.

Tape (La cinta)

Richard Linklater Estados Unidos, 2001

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To reimagine a stage play as cinema, inventive American auteur Richard Linklater turned to shooting on video for its dynamic, tactile possibilities. The result is the fittingly titled Tape: an electric showdown between truth, memory, and the male ego inside the single locale of a hotel room.

Cosmos

Andrzej Żuławski Francia, 2015

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Next in our series devoted to ingenious adaptations is the final film by the ferocious Polish auteur Andrzej Żuławski. He transforms an almost unfilmable book by his fellow countryman Witold Gombrowicz into a clamoring melodrama of tremendous verve and surprise. Read our interview with Żuławski.

Las mil y una noches: volumen 3. El embelesado

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

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Who would have thought austerity measures could trigger such an epic tale of tales? Gomes explores Portugal’s fractures with unmatched originality, sharpness and love—both to his country and to the act (and art) of storytelling. This is the last volume, but we certainly wish it would go on forever.

Las mil y una noches: volumen 2. El desconsolado

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

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The second installment of Miguel Gomes’ magnum opus is arguably the most melancholic of the three. While the whole trilogy is a unique blend of fine irony, dark humor, blissful fantasy, and fervent commitment to the present, this middle section confirms Arabian Nights as the ultimate political film.

Las mil y una noches: volumen 1. El inquieto

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

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We’re kicking off a new series devoted to Adaptations and their multitude of cinematic approaches to pre-existing texts. First up is Miguel Gomes’ triptych vision of modern Portugal told with the inspiration of the timeless folk tales of Arabian Nights. An inventive masterpiece in three parts.

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