Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hawks

Mimi Reisel Gladstein

in Key West Hemingway

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033556
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038353 | DOI:
Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hawks

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This chapter examines how the 1944 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by Howard Hawks, from a screenplay coauthored by William Faulkner, imposed a patriotic plot upon the book's proletarian politics. It concludes with the theoretical basis for the thesis that To Have and Have Not is an acceptable adaptation of Hemingway's novel. A cinematic adaptation does not necessarily have to be a point-by-point graphic illustration of a literary text. It can be a variation on the narrative framework, an artistic re-creation of the characters and some circumstances of the original. Without attempting literal, page-by-page fidelity to its source, a satisfactory adaptation can be something very much like the multiple versions of Greek and Roman myths that the ancient bards produced in their telling, retelling, and elaborating on the stories.

Keywords: Humphrey Bogart; proletarian politics; cinematic adaptation; Greek myths

Chapter.  6274 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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