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Young, Aine: "From Hell. Examining the transition from page to screen." In: Studies in Comics 2.1 (2011), S. 207–221.
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Keywords: "From Hell", Adaption, Campbell. Eddie, Comic-Verfilmung, Großbritannien, Kriminalcomics, Moore. Alan
Collection: Studies in Comics
Alan Moore and the Hughes brothers shared a common goal to depict nineteenth-century English slum life in a credible manner in their versions of From Hell. The documentary style created by Moore and Eddie Campbell in their graphic novel is not replicated in the film with correspondent solutions specific to cinema. Instead, the Hughes brothers veered away from the source text thematically and aesthetically, creating something quite different. These choices, although inventive, ultimately alienated fans and were a factor in the film’s moderate critical reception. Pascal Lefèvre posits in his essay ‘Incompatible Visual Ontologies?’ that the unique conflicts facing a film-making team that choose to adapt a comic book can be broken down into four main divisions: ‘first, to what extent the screenwriter has to rewrite the story, second, how to go from page layout to a single, unchangeable screen frame, third, how to translate the static drawings into moving and photographic images, and fourth, how to give the “silent world” an audible sound?’. These distinctions will frame my theoretical, thematic and aesthetic analysis of Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell to the resultant film of the same name.
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