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Brian Moore’s «Black Robe»

Novel, Screenplay(s) and Film


Antje Schumacher

Studying Brian Moore’s Black Robe (1985), this book examines the dual adaptation process of historical sources into fiction and fiction into film. The fictionalisation process is analysed on the basis of the Jesuit Relations of the 17 th century and Moore’s novel. Besides transforming and compiling information from these annual reports, Moore also uses them to justify his choice of obscene language for the indigenous characters. The visualisation process is studied with the help of various versions of the screenplay with respect to the differences of narrative and narration in fiction and film. A final exemplary analysis illustrates in detail how the original historical sources were transformed via the novel and the screenplays into the final visualisation in the motion picture.


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155 5. Works Cited Primary Works Black Robe. Screenplay by Brian Moore. Dir. Bruce Beresford. Perf. Lothaire Bluteau, August Schellenberg, Aden Young and Sandrine Holt. Alliance and Samson, 1991. Moore, Brian. Black Robe. London: Paladin, 1987. Manuscripts and Typescripts The following documents are part of the Brian Moore Papers of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC), University of Texas at Austin. The first digit refers to the box, the second to the folder in which documents are kept. When items contained in folders are numbered, this is my count according to the order of the documents in the respective folder. The HRC asks patrons not to change the order of the documents. Unless otherwise noted, the language of the manu- or typescript is English. As far as the different versions of the screenplays are concerned, my research shows that the order in which they are kept at the HRC does not correspond to their chronological order. Further, occasionally more than one copy of a draft can be found at the HRC. The information provided in parentheses [] serves to explicate this and in some cases the count provided here corresponds neither to Moore's nor to the HRC's count of the versions. An inventory of the collection can be found online: Brian Moore: A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. 2001. Harry Ransom Center. The University of Texas at Austin. 18 Jan. 2009. . HRC 10.6: Black Robe, screenplay. Film notes. Item 3: Alliance Entertainment Corporation,...

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