Penning Dramatic Chance : Adaptation, Durrenmatt, and The Pledge.

Bettinson, Gary (2004) Penning Dramatic Chance : Adaptation, Durrenmatt, and The Pledge. Film Studies, 5 (1). pp. 66-79. ISSN 1469-0314

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In Sean Penn's crime thriller The Pledge (2000), a crucial stage of story action is determined by a purely chance event. Neither prefigured by narrative signposting nor sutured into the film's system of causation, the chance event both mystifies the fictive agents and distresses audience expectation. This essay explores the issues at stake in the film's reliance on chance action, arguing that its usage represents a significant risk on the part of the dramaturgist. Moreover, the essay examines the alterations that the film makes in Friedrich Drrenmatt's source novel, and considers the ways in which these alterations radically transform the effects created by the story's chance event.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Film Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/n1
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 30795
Deposited By: Dr Gary Bettinson
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2009 11:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:47

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