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Rohmer's Les amours d'Astre et de Celadon as a systematical synthesis for Bazin's space-based adaptation theory

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This article expounds ric Rohmer's adaptation theory, both through his early writings on the subject (heavily influenced by Andr Bazin's filmic ontology) and some of the films he made after he became a director, that is, his cinematographic adaptations from other art forms. After this overview, a close analysis of his very last film (Les amours d'Astre et de Cladon) follows, because this film can easily be considered the ultimate manifesto for Rohmer's adaptation theory. According to it, cinema is more than a simple art: it is the art that bears the strongest connection with reality not because it can reproduce reality, but because it can grasp reality's spatial coordinates. This is why cinema should merge itself with the other arts: because it can transfigure an artistic language (simply put: an art form) into a purely spatial asset. Dealing with a different kind of art, cinema turns the sign into space.
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Keywords: Bazin; Rohmer; cinema; mixed; ontology; space

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Bologna.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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