Cinema: From Stage to Screen: Murder, Madness & Mom

The difference between a man watching a play and a man watching a movie is the difference between a target and a gun. In theater, the action is aimed at the audience; in cinema, the audience is aimed at the action. The two arts are antagonistic, and it is almost as hard to turn a good play into a good film as it is to make soup out of soap. The feat is attempted in three current attractions based on well-known stage works. Surprisingly, two of the three are films of blasting impact.

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