The battle over „The Quiet American” (part two)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1958 film version of The Quiet American was a polemical answer to Graham Greene’s novel – literary adaptation as (politically driven) literary criticism. More than that, it was an operation meant to “correct” the novel, to replace it in the public consciousness, to neutralize it: literary adaptation as propagandistic damage control. Like […]

The battle over „The Quiet American” (part one)

This essay is based on notes for a seminar I conducted at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Arts and Design) in Karlsruhe, Germany, in July 2016, at the invitation of Professor Andrei Ujică. Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American was published in late 1955 in the U.K. and in early 1956 in the […]

Haunted by „The Third Man”

Le Coup de Prague (The Prague Coup) is a short story in comic-book form, a collaboration between the French writer Jean-Luc Fromental and the American artist Miles Hyman, published (in French) in 2017. It is a visualization of the legend according to which the film The Third Man, a famous British-American co-production from 1949, is […]

„Become a ninja like us”

În pregătire pentru mult așteptata ecranizare a lui Martin Scorsese după romanul Tăcere (Chinmoku) al lui Shūsaku Endō, apărut în 1966, am văzut în sfîrșit și ecranizarea japoneză din 1971, regizată de Masahiro Shinoda, cu Endo însuși coscenarist. Dintr-un motiv sau altul n-o văzusem pînă acum, deși romanul îl citisem cu interes de multă vreme – […]