Importance Of Being Earnest: Comparing Film And Play

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Menal Al-kenani
Professor Emilee Taylor
British Literature

The Importance of Being Earnest:
Film and Play
While there are a lot of huge ot differences from both the film and play versions of “The Importance of Being Earnest”, there are also many similarities in both the plot and how both versions are portrayed and played out. The film’s plot, which is very similar to that of the play version, however, shows a larger scope in the characters including their personalities, and also takes away a lot of the not important and rather long details which do not really matter. There are a large amount of film versions of Oscar Wilde's play, one of the most recent ones being in 2002 made by Oliver Parker. The play one full of emotion, and …show more content…

In film adaptations, making a theatrical statement can be hard since making films will limit your options. “A handbag?” happens to be remembered very well in British films and plays. Making a movie gives you a limited amount of time to both make and present it to your audience (plays on the other hand are much more flexible with the amount of time it has to be made and how long it takes to present it), it is very understandable how films are like a shorter summary of a rather long play. When an actor acts in a play, there is no way for them to redo a mix up and thus no way making the play into perfection, unlike when you are acting in a film where you can redo the scene until you feel you have gotten it right. The earlier 1952 film version of the Importance of Being Earnest gave Oscar Wilde’s play a new golden opportunity for the 1900s. Before the 1952 film version of the story, it was performed on stage for over 50 years for it was one of Oscar Wilde’s most well known and best plays. No doubt about it, all of the films for the Importance of Being Earnest are made in each director’s view and perception of this memorable play. It is important to know of the culture and historical origins of one of Oscar Wilde’s most infamous

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