The purpose of this book is to show how the wedding of fiction and film works out concretely in a book that focuses on the screen versions of the work of a single novelist, Joseph Conrad. Conrad is not only one of the greatest writers of this century, but has the distinction of having all of his major works committed to film, including
Lord Jim and
Heart of Darkness (as
Apocalypse Now). Here is an in-depth study of the films of Conrad's fiction, solidly based on both literary and cinematic theory. The author conducted interviews with several of the notable directors who made Conrad films, including Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Coppola; this interview material is a highlight of the book.