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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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6. Appendix 161


161 6. Appendix 6.1. Appendix One: Elements from the Novel in the Screenplays This is an overview of the elements from the novel which were incorporated into the screenplays. It is based on the chronology of the novel, which does not necessarily correspond with that of the scripts. A cross indicates that the respective element features in the screenplay. A cross in parentheses means that the element is present, but has been considerably changed. Novel Draft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The Parley at the Fort x x x - x x x x x The Mission and its Clock x x x - x x x x x Laforgue’s Commendation x x x x x x x x x The Conversation between Tallevant and Doumergue - x x - - - - x x The Conflict with Mercier x x x x - - - x - Farewell by the Riverbank x x x x x x x x x Remembering Rouen x x x x x - - - x Neehatin’s First Dream x x x x x x x x x Laforgue’s Observation of Daniel and Annuka x x x x x x x x x Mestigoit x x x x x x x x x The Montagnais x x x - - - - - x Laforgue's Escape from the Sorcerer x x x x x x x x x Laforgue's Second Observation of Annuka and Daniel x x x - -...

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