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John Boorman adapted the Passing of Arthur in the movieExcalibur Movies are not the only adaptations of Tennysonspoem but there are several art and music adaptations Examplesof these adaptations include music by Loreena McKennit andpaintings by John William Waterhouse Howard Pyle and ArthurRackham In Bela Balazss Art Form and Material Balazs statesthat a good adaptation is a reinterpretation of the original Boorman uses nature and color to recreate the atmosphere of theoriginal text These techniques enhance the richness of themovie provide a more in depth view of Arthurs life and make theTennysons descriptive writing allows the reader to form detailed pictures The atmosphere Tennyson creates focuses a loton the beauty of nature During the scene when Bedivere throwsExcalibur in the lake he describes the area with zigzag pathsand juts of pointed rock the shining levels of the lakethewinter moon long cloud and frost He produces an atmosphere ofTennyson concentrates on the image of the winter moon whileBedivere tries to get rid of the Excalibur This picture makesthe reader think that the setting is a winter night Accordingto Websters dictionary winter symbolizes of coldness misery ordeath Winter is the season when living things die The moononly comes out during the night At night people rest fromtheir busy lives and do nothing Night closely related to winterbecause both are very dark and bleak times The lack of lightshows the sadness happening to Arthur As Arthur passes the onlylight he has comes from the winter moon The reader gets thefeeling that Arthur is heading there Tennyson chooses darkwords and images to create a very desolate and gloomy settingSidney Lumet states in Making Movies there are nounimportant decisions in a movie Production designers put alot of effort to recreate the original text The setting is avery important factor in making a movie It contributes to muchof the style of a movie Settings reflects many of the directorsinsights and opinions There are times where the director goesto great lengths
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