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Key West HemingwayA Reassessment$
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Kirk Curnutt and Gail Sinclair

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033556

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033556.001.0001

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Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hawks

Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hawks

The Nexus of Creativity that Generated the Film To Have and Have Not

(p.172) 11 Hemingway, Faulkner, and Hawks
Key West Hemingway

Mimi Reisel Gladstein

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines how the 1944 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by Howard Hawks, from a screenplay coauthored by William Faulkner, imposed a patriotic plot upon the book's proletarian politics. It concludes with the theoretical basis for the thesis that To Have and Have Not is an acceptable adaptation of Hemingway's novel. A cinematic adaptation does not necessarily have to be a point-by-point graphic illustration of a literary text. It can be a variation on the narrative framework, an artistic re-creation of the characters and some circumstances of the original. Without attempting literal, page-by-page fidelity to its source, a satisfactory adaptation can be something very much like the multiple versions of Greek and Roman myths that the ancient bards produced in their telling, retelling, and elaborating on the stories.

Keywords:   Humphrey Bogart, proletarian politics, cinematic adaptation, Greek myths

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