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Adaptation as Play: The Worlds of Jules Verne Come Alive

  • Petr Bubeníček
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)

Abstract

In this chapter, “Adaptation as Play,” shows how implicit messages could be delivered to audiences by appropriating stories officially meant for children. Karel Zeman’s films The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) and The Stolen Airship (1966) could be enjoyed by children due to their adventurous and fantastical nature, but a second layer of meanings was also crafted with adult audiences in mind. The Fabulous World of Jules Verne pursues a universally comprehensible message about personal freedom, responsibility, and the dangers of uncontrolled technological progress. The Stolen Airship (1966) also treats other serious topics, such as how easily reality can be distorted through the media and the corruption of state police forces, but the overwhelmingly parodic and slapstick style of the adaptation somewhat obscures them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Masaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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