The Yellow Wallpaper : Why does everything . . .

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have to be made into a movie??? I love films, but some things just shouldn't be made into movies.

The Yellow Wallpaper is one of my favorite short stories. How can one make a two hour film out of it???? It might make a decent short film, but a feature???

Very, very disappointing.

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What is disappointing about this? Why don't you wait to make a judgement until you've seen the film.

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Disappointment can emphatically be expressed now because no feature film has ever lived up to the reputation of the short story it was created from. It is a completely different medium that will bear little resemblance to the short story many of us have grown to love for its intrinsic nuances.
The film may have its own positive characteristics based on actor performances, direction, etc., but it is ultimately a bastardization of literature that escapes culpability by labeling itself as "based on so-and-so's short story" to create a backdoor excuse when people say it sucks.

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Wow, really well said.

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None of these examples are short stories now are they? I know for a fact Gone with The Wind isn't. Just saying. You're trying to disprove her point on faulty logic....

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Movies based on short stories:

Memento - Memento Mori
Minority Report - The Minority Report
The Birds - The Birds
Rear Window - It Had to be Murder
Sleepy Hollow - The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
Field of Dreams - Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa
A Christmas Story - Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid
2001: A Space Odyssey - The Sentinel
Stagecoach - Stage to Lordsburg
The Fly (1958 & 1986) - The Fly
Brokeback Mountain - Brokeback Mountain

not all good but some are great. you never know. the yellow wallpaper is one of my favorite short stories and I'd say it's going to be pretty hard to do it justice, but ever now and then short stories become something different but just as memorable when they're turned into a film.

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The Birds - The Birds


Completely off-topic, but...
Veronica Cartwright (who plays Catherine Sayer in The Yellow Wallpaper) was also in The Birds. She played Cathy Brenner.

Just thought it would be an interesting coincidence. :)
I'm actually looking forward to seeing The Yellow Wallpaper as a full-length movie.

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Rhe Mist - The Mist. Excellent - Excellent.

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Also Stand By Me was based on Stephen King's "The Body."

Come to think of it, Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile were also based on King novellas. Long short stories, but not novels.

Also Midnight Meat Train was based on Clive Barker's short story of the same name.

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Actually, A Christmas Story is based on the book "In God We Trust...All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepard.

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Hey, can someone tell this to the trolls in the Dark Shadows movie board?

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I get that the OP is disturbed by this but just don't watch. The movie is never going to make the book go away.


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I not against literature adaptations to the movies, but the thing that hits me is how they will probably turn it into just another ghost story, arent they?

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If you're going to post a comment regarding "literature adaptations," then please spend some time on spell/grammar checking. Not to be an *beep* but you do lose all reader credibility when you don't.

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I was thinking the same thing. I wanted to make this into a short, 'cause I didn't want to deviate from the story in any way. I still can't even think about the final scene of that story without shuddering. Terrifying.

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It turned out far more hounting than I thought it would and leaves you wondering. It makes you re-think the plot over and over again trying to figure it out like the movie Donnie Darko. It's beautiful and bitter sweet. The date I brought was her tense with fright the whole time of the film's showing and she shed a tear at the end. I was pleased.

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SPOILER










is this the story where the woman goes slowly mad by the end and is peeling away the wallpaper?

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Yes.

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Well, the short story is about that but this movie is not. The only thing the same is that there is a room with yellow wallpaper. In my opinion this movie in no way captures the intentions of writer Gilman. This movie is boring and tries to make up for it in the last 15 minutes. While it is meant to be a compilation of Gilman's works it doesn't work for me and is an insult. The actors do fine with what they are given and there is an oppressive Victorian feel especially where the women are concerned but that's really all that I could tie in with the original short story. I'm going to hunt up the Masterpiece Theater version which seems to be more dedicated to Gilman's work.

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It may be my lack of imagination, but I can't see this as a full length feature film. So be it. On the other hand, I just saw an ad for 'Shrooms" a movie about tripping on mushrooms as a horror film set in Ireland. A bad director and willing producers can do a lot of damage, and maybe, some not so bad box office. Depends on who buys the hype and is willing to go see drek

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As a teacher who has taught the story, I'd like this film to be produced, and done well. (There are others already, though, as listed on IMDB.) It would be interesting to show students in order to conduct a comparison and constrast study as well as to read it as a visual text.

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This is just one of those stories that seems nearly impossible to properly make a movie (even a "short film") out of. The fact is, having the story being told in the first person would be DAMN hard to convey on screen. The whole point is her growing confusion, her growing unreliability as a narrator, and the vast, impossible complexities that she gradually sees more and more in that wall-paper. Interpret it however you like, but this story to be is just one big mind*BEEP!!*, there are no supernatural elements to it, no antagonist but the narrator's mind. (Granted, its also widely noted that the story is a scathing indictment of that period's ridiculous psychiatric methods, especially regarding women, so maybe you could call the doctor husband/medical community/social norms antagonists as well.) This movie looks pointless, I just don't see it happening.

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"The whole point is her growing confusion, her growing unreliability as a narrator, and the vast, impossible complexities that she gradually sees more and more in that wall-paper."

While I agree with you, I have to say that seeing as how Juliet Landau is playing the lead I'd give this a chance. She plays insane quite well. But this is certainly not a story that's easily translatable to film.


"Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass" -Cordelia (Buffy, Season 2)

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Agree. There have been plenty of short stories made into great films (as stated in list below), but I'm pretty sure all those films have cohesive plots in the reading.

The Yellow Wallpaper is so interesting because it's so hard to grasp visually. I can see it being made into a film, but a very abstract one--something that would capture the disorientation and increasing mental instability of a deeply misunderstood character.

This film looks like it's going to be a straight up ghost story.

But then again, who knows? Maybe it will be great. It just makes me nervous.

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The thought of a great short story or any piece of great literature being made into a film can make one who appreciates the work nervous because we want it to do the story justice. I look at it this way, whether it is done exactly as it is written or only "based on" the work, a film still exposes the story to those who may have never heard of it. Hopefully once exposed, curiosity will bring them to the written work and they can interpret and appreciate the story for themselves. Since The Yellow Wallpaper was based on the author's life and own experience with what we now know as post partum, alot can be taken from her life outside the story and used in the film.

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Just watched it and it was great. I didn't see/read the original short,but from reading what people are saying here, besides some of the characters, it has little to do with the original short.

Still a great original movie in a land of crappy remakes.

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I'd hate to see them do "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin...Sometimes print is much better than celluloid.

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Watching the film... and cringing at the bitter irony that the husband is the narrator of this landmark of feminist horror fiction.

New rule: From now on, if you make a film of a short story, your film has to be about the short story. Not your speculations about the origin of the story, your vision of the author's life, your "creative" improverization of what you thought the story was "really" about, or anything else.

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Your failed attempt at insult is noted, mocked, and discarded.

I saw no thought, creativity, nor any other positive quality in this dreck.

I saw merely a filmmaker's clumsy attempt to seem important by messing up one of the hallmarks of feminist and horror fiction.

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Still with the failed attempts at psychoanalysis and insults, eh?

I was saying that a film based on a story should be about that story.

It's not rocket surgery.

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Because they routinely stink.

And with that, I'm done with you. Consider yourself ignored.
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