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Literature Film Quarterly (1975) - Conrad and Hitchcock: The Secret Agent Inspires Sabotage




Usually, if the novel or play is a distinguished work of literature, this is a reasonable assumption: there would not be much point in filming Tolstoy's War and Peace only to leave out the characters of Pierre and Natasha while changing the setting and time to the American Civil War. The key issue becomes, not the original form of the basic material, but rather the degree to which the filmmaker is willing to allow his own creative instincts free play to the point of ignoring and even perverting his literary source when it suits his purpose.