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Author Nichols, Nina daVinci, 1935-

Title Pirandello & film / Nina daVinci Nichols, Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni ; preface by Maurice Charney.

Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  852.912 NICHOLS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxviii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-243) and index.
Contents Preface / Maurice Charney -- Pt. 1. Commentary. 1. Si gira! (Shoot!). 2. Variations on a Theme, Fiction to Film. 3. Prologo (The Prologue). 4. Film-Novelle (The Scenario). 5. Treatments for the Talkies. 6. The Treatment for Max Reinhardt -- Pt. 2. Documents. 1. The Prologue to a screen adaptation of Six Characters. 2. Film-Novelle: Sechs Personen suchen einen Autor / Luigi Pirandello and Adolf Lantz. 3. The Scenario for a silent film based on Six Characters / Luigi Pirandello and Adolf Lantz. 4. The Treatment for Six Characters / Luigi Pirandello and Saul C. Colin. 5. Letter: Max Reinhardt and Joseph von Sternberg to Saul C. Colin. 6. Will Talkies Abolish the Theater? / Luigi Pirandello -- Appendix: Si gira! and Film Theory / Leo Charney.
Summary Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is one of the preeminent figures of the modern European theater. His masterpiece, Six Characters in Search of an Author, set loose a riot during its first performance in Rome in 1921. This play about six unfortunate characters abandoned by their author in the middle of a tawdry drama, is an unsettling, supremely self-conscious work that is ultimately about theatrical artifice and artistic creation itself. Pirandello and Film examines Pirandello's many efforts - none of them finally successful - to transform Six Characters into a movie. The authors examine Pirandello's views on film and its relation to theater, his varying approaches to creating a film adaptation of Six Characters, and the efforts of directors and film moguls in Germany and Hollywood to fashion a cinematic version of the play. The book also presents an array of important documents, including some that have never before appeared in English: a Prologue (or prose sketch) for a 1926 film; a Scenario (a more detailed prose sketch) prepared by Pirandello and Adolph Lantz in the late 1920s for a German film version of Six Characters, an English-language film sketch written in 1935 by Pirandello and Saul Colin; and a letter from Max Reinhardt and the German emigre Hollywood film director Joseph von Sternberg to Saul Colin regarding the proposed film treatment of the play. These documents, together with the authors' critical text, provide a detailed portrait of Pirandello's developing view of film as an appropriate medium for his revolutionary dramatic innovations.
Other author Bazzoni, Jana O'Keefe, 1941-
Subject Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936 -- Film and video adaptations.
Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936 -- Motion picture plays.
Variant Title Pirandello and film.
ISBN 0803233361 (cloth : alk. paper)