The Art of the Adaptation

The New Yorker‘s Ian Crouch has an interesting discussion of film adaptations today, sparked by Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt. Among his insights:

Readers are certainly prone to outrage about any number of cinematic crimes, real and imagined, committed against their favorite books, yet the most common complaint centers on a movie’s manipulation of a novel’s plot. Change the story and piss a lot of people off. What can we say, then, of “Killing Them Softly,” which is true to the novel’s narrative but somehow false to its spirit?

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