Filming Forster : The Challenges in Adapting E.M. Forster's Novels for the Screen


Filming Forster : The Challenges in Adapting E.M. Forster's Novels for the Screen



By Earl G. Ingersoll, College at Brockport faculty emeritus.

"Filming Forster focuses upon the challenges of producing film adaptations of five of E. M. Forster's novels. Rather than follow the older comparative approach, which typically damned the film for not being "faithful" to the novel, this project explores the interactive relationship between film and novel. That relationship is implicit in the title "Filming" Forster, rather than "Forster Filmed," which would suggest a completed process. A film adaptation forever changes the novel from which it was adapted, just as a return to the novel changes the viewer's perceptions of the film. Adapting Forster's novels for the screen was postponed until well after the author's death in 1970 because the trustees of the author's estate fulfilled his wish that his work not be filmed. Following the appearance of David Lean's film A Passage to India in 1984, four other film adaptations were released within seven years. Perhaps the most important was the Merchant Ivory production of Maurice, based upon Forster's "gay" novel, published a year after his death. That film was among the first to approach same-sex relationships between men in a serious, respectful, and generally optimistic manner."--Back cover



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Lanham, Md. : Rowman and Littlefield, c2012.

viii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


Film and Media Studies | Literature in English, British Isles




Located in Drake Library at: PR6011.O58 Z6875 2012

CONTENTS: The last epic: David Lean's A passage to India -- A surprising success: Merchant Ivory's A room with a view -- Breaking ground: Merchant Ivory's Maurice -- Another Tuscany: Charles Sturridge's Where angels fear to tread -- Handling an icon: Merchant Ivory's Howards end.