Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Movie v, Book
In the second case, THE PRICE OF SALT (Highsmith) becomes CAROL and it deviates a lot more from the novel. A large portion of THE PRICE OF SALT is a cross-country trek by the two female lovers. They are followed by a detective, which adds a lot of excitement and tension. Although the detective is in the movie, he plays a much less chilling role. Also in the book, we get inside Therese's head and this adds so much to the story. Carol is still enigmatic but now we know what Therese is thinking. This brought a lot more warmth to the story. We see the difficulties of a young woman embarking on what will be an alternative life style-especially in the 1950s. There are also some interesting discussions of the differences between homosexual and heterosexual relationships.
I am not really asking which films have done the best job of translating a novel to screen but instead which books when you read them later had to make changes because of the structure of the novel. BROOKLYN, almost none and CAROL, quite a lot. Last week, the changes in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM were vast. Part of that was because (I think) they wanted a happy ending. And did not want Frank Sinatra to play a more villainous character. Interesting the things that lead to changes in the script.