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From Edwin S. Porter to Mike Nichols, from D. W. Griffith to Steven Spielberg, American filmmakers have looked to the novel for story ideas. Different in its complexities from the classic novels of Dickens, London, and Tolstoy to which earlier filmmakers turned, the contemporary American novel poses a real challenge to the filmmaker, who must translate its occasionally unfilmable essence for a new audience. Take Two closely analyzes the adaptations of ten such works: Catch-22, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Slaughterhouse-Five, Being There, The World According to Garp, Sophie s Choice, The Color Purple, Ironweed, Tough Guys Don't Dance, and Billy Bathgate."
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On adapting the contemporary American novel / Barbara Tepa Lupack -- The waki nightmare of Mike Nichols' Catch-22 / Robert Merrill and John L. Simons -- O flew, two followed : stage and screen adaptations of Cuckoo's nest / Barry H Leeds -- Slaughterhouse-five : fiction into film / Jerome Klinkowitz -- Chan encounters : bringing Being there to the screen / Barbara Tepa Lupack -- The world according to Garp : novel to film / Bruce Bawer -- Sophie's choice, Pakula's choices / Barbara Tepa Lupack -- Adapting The color purple : when f goes pop / John Peacock -- Ironweed and the snows of reduction / Benedict Gi -- Tough guy goes Hollywood : Mailer and the movies / Barry H. Leeds -- Doctorow's Billy Bathgate : compelling postmodern novel, retro-realist film Michael Bruce McDonald.

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