Anonymous asked in 社會與文化語言 · 8 years ago




很多由名著改拍的電影,例如,1949年諾貝爾文學獎得主”福克納”的原作The Sound and the Fury以及1954年諾貝爾文學獎得主海明威的名著For Whom the Bell Tolls 及A Farewell to Arms就被改拍為電影。



從美國好萊塢電影My Fair Lady推溯到英國文學的劇作Pygmalion,再探討到希臘神話故事Pygmalion and Galatea,證明了了解西方的人文背景對看點也會有所幫助。




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  • 8 years ago
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    American movies, English Literature and Greek Mythology

    It is not difficult to conduct a research of a movie adapted from the same literary work, as they usually have a same title.

    Many movies are adapted from the famous literature works. Take for example "The Sound and the Fury" by the Nobel Laureate Faulkner and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms" by the widely known Hemmingway.

    Some not only adapted to movies but also musicals or plays. Such as "My Fair Lady", who had been adapted into movies winning best film, best filming and best music, the work itself aslo have been performed in Broadway as musical for nearly 3000 times.

    "My Fair Lady", adapted from the play "Pygmalion" by Bernard Shaw, its adapted name does not contain symbolism as Pygmalion. The name Pygmalion in Greek Mythology belonged to a Cyprus King who is a talented sculptor but a misogynist. Ironically, he fell inlove with an ideal woman figure he carved named Galatea.

    After understanding the story behind it, it seems that the title Pygmalion itself fits the content very closely and resonably.

    From the English literary work Pygmalion and the holywood production My Fair Lady and then back to the origin of the mythology between Pygmalion and Galatea. It proves that understanding Western history enhances our perspectives.

    Those of you who are interested in history can understand situations in Russia during the WWI through"Doctor Zhivago" ; the American Civil War through "Gone with the wind". The purpose of movie not only provides sensual entertainments, but also a perspective of the world and life itself.

    Understanding a getting a grips of summary and background history definitely helps while watching a movie. However, when entertainment based movies and dominating these days where thought-provoking ones are neglected by the public , it seems that the cultural level of the society is coming to a halt. Isnt movies more than just entertainment?

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  • 8 years ago


    American movies, English literature and Greek Mythology

    Western movie shot change according to the original novel, the title is usually the same with the original, and thus not be any trouble to examine.

    A lot of change to make a film classics, for example, the winner of the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature "Faulkner" original The Sound and the Fury, and winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature Ernest Hemingway's famous book For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to arms was changed to shoot movies.

    Some original has been changed into a movie, also adapted into a musical, like "My Fair Lady" is a form of theater on Broadway more than two thousand seven hundred, especially film won the 1964 Oscar for best film and Photography, music award.

    "My Fair Lady" is changed from the the Shaw original "Pygmalion" to make a film, My Fair Lady the film, but not by the original name Pygmalion reason. In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the king of Cyprus, is a talented sculptor, to her disgust woman, but carved out an ideal woman named Galatea, then fell in love with him. Understand the myths go against the original content, you can understand that the name Pygmalion point out that this story is very apt.

    From Hollywood movie My Fair Lady traced back to English literature plays Pygmalion, then on to the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea understanding of Western cultural background Aspect also be helpful.

    Interested in the historical background to explore the situation in Russia during World War by "Doctor Zhivago" and "Gone with the Wind" by understanding a little fragment of the American Civil War. The movie function not only in entertainment, sometimes life can explore and understand the world.

    Have basic knowledge to reach out to the movies, there must be a considerable degree of help. On the contrary, the intention to go to the movies, can absorb a lot of knowledge. However, when entertaining movie full of thought-provoking films that have little interest, I am

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