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УДК 791.2
ББК 85.374 (3)
DOI: 10.30628/1994-9529-2018-14.4-148-166

MARIA A. DEZORTSEVA
South Ural State Humanitarian-Pedagogical University
Chelyabinsk, Russia
ORCID: 0000-0002-0975-893X
e-mail dezortseva_m@bk.ru

 

HILARY MANTEL’S HISTORICAL NOVELS ABOUT THOMAS CROMWELL AS THE BASIS FOR FILM ADAPTATION: BY THE EXAMPLE OF THE TELEVISION SERIES “WOLF HALL” BBC

Annotation. This article is devoted to the study of the similarities and differences between the literary text and the film version of two historical novels by English writer Hilary Mantel “Wolf Hall” (“Wolf Hall”, 2009) and “Bring up The Bodies” (“Bring up The Bodies”, 2012). These works attract the attention not only of literary scholars in Russia and other countries, but also of representatives of cinema. Wolf Hall is a historical television series based on the novel by Hilary Mantel and his sequel “Bring the Body”, directed by Peter Kozminsky for the BBC 2 (2015). The article presents various points of view of authoritative scientists on the possibility of transmitting the ideological and artistic meaning of the book by means of the cinema. The author pays attention to how the concept of the director is embodied and whether it corresponds to the historical concept of the author—editing techniques, the play of actors, the re-creation of scenery and costumes, and the speech portrait of the characters. In the course of a comparative analysis, the question of decoding the ideological and artistic intent of a literary work by means of cinema was considered: the writer, according to his own conception, is guided by the idea that is revealed in the text, and the film director solves a double task in screening fiction—to convey the concept of the author to the viewer and reflect his own vision of the work. It is concluded that the televised adaptation of this artistic text focuses more on its key positions, depicting them from a different angle, but at the same time retaining the uniqueness of the original work.

Keywords: motion picture, artistic interaction, film adaptation, artwork, historical novel, Hilary Mantel, “Wolf Hall”, Thomas Cromwell, “Bring up to the bodies”.