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English & Literature: Film Adaptations

This guide can assist with research in literary criticism.

Based on the Book


When studying a play, a film can be particularly helpful because the work is designed to be performed rather than read. In the case of novels, watching the movie can never be a complete substitute for reading the book. A movie is necessarily a condensed and selective interpretation of  the book. Some directors will have attempted a faithful rendition of the characters and themes, while others will have simply selected aspects the book as a basis for a movie.

Searching Tips

When searching Library catalogs for this topic, use "Film adaptations," "Movie adaptations," "Based on novel by"  or "Based on the musical play by, " etc.

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Film Industry in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is becoming a popular location in the film industry.  For more information on the latest news and resources in the industry, see our Pittsburgh Film Industry resources.

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