Las dos adaptaciones de Waterloo Bridge (El puente de Waterloo, J. Whale, 1931 y M. LeRoy, 1940): ¿crisis de la narración o narrativa de la crisis?

Abstract : According to many commentators the two adaptations of the play Waterloo Bridge (Robert E. Sherwood, 1930) directed by James Whale (1931) and Mervyn LeRoy (1940) represent a good example of ideological and moral changes undergone by Hollywood after the publication of the Hays Code in 1934. However, whilst a comparison of the two films does indeed throw light upon the changes in question, which sprung from a crisis in cinematographical narration, each work speaks particularly eloquently of its own epoch through the story of love between a prostitute and a soldier during the great political crisis of the First World War; the two films can thus be considered as cinematographical narrations of crisis. Far more than the simple result of political and social engagement, these films are also the works of directors in touch with their time. In this way, LeRoy’s version marks the beginning of the meeting between melodrama and film noir which would define the latter throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
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Arnaud Duprat de Montero. Las dos adaptaciones de Waterloo Bridge (El puente de Waterloo, J. Whale, 1931 y M. LeRoy, 1940): ¿crisis de la narración o narrativa de la crisis?. Fotocinema, revista científica de cine y fotografía, Universidad de Málaga, 2014, pp.39-55. ⟨hal-01809088⟩

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