Filming John Fowles

Critical Essays on Motion Picture and Television Adaptations

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About the Book

John Fowles wrote five compelling stories later made into motion pictures. This book examines for the first time the film and video adaptations of these stories, as well as Fowles’s role in adapting his literary genius to visual media. Besides his authorship of the screenplay for The Magus (1968), Fowles was an uncredited contributor to The Collector (1965) and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1971), and to the British television adaptations The Ebony Tower and The Enigma. His unpublished short story “The Last Chapter” was adapted as a theatrical short film satirizing the James Bond novels. Few are aware that the 1997 thriller The Game was a brilliant adaptation of The Magus, or that Fowles himself acted out scenes from that novel for a Greek television documentary. This book gives deserved recognition to John Fowles as a contributor to cinema, a medium he both loved and distrusted, where his stories acquired vivid alternative lives.

About the Author(s)

James Aubrey is a professor of literature and cinema studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His previous publications include essays on British and Indian literatures and two other books about John Fowles. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by James Aubrey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9764-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2230-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Introduction (James Aubrey) 1

Bluebeard’s Basement: The Collector on Film (Eileen Warburton) 13

Cinematic Godgames: The Magus on Film (James Aubrey) 35

Undercover Hero: The Last Chapter on Film (Michelle Buchberger) 53

Safe Dreams: The Enigma on Video (Michelle Buchberger) 77

Situating Sarah: The French Lieutenant’s Woman on Film (Carol Samson) 101

Rhizome and Romance: The Ebony Tower on Video (Dianne Vipond) 129

The Magus as Thriller: David Fincher’s Film The Game (James Aubrey) 150

Postmodern Documentary: The Return of the Magus on Video (Craig Svonkin) 162

Works Cited 181

About the Contributors 187

Index 189