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I feel that this is a very complex statement that should be broken down in order to fully consider its validity I propose to look at what I have interpreted Durgnat to mean by proven successes to which other media and new talents he refers whether British cinema did in fact renew itself and which orthodox commercial procedures he alludes to in his summary Firstly I have assumed that Durgnats definition of proven success to mean critical acclaim I would consider there to be several definitions of success within the field of film and cinema from the number of awards won to spectacular audience attendance not forgetting the box office return on production costs of the film Some films will only fall into one of these classifications whereas others may fall into more than one With this definition in mind I have decided to focus mainly on the films Billy Liar 1963 and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960 Billy Liar originally a novel then a play and finally making it to the big screen followed an almost standard route for films between 1959 and 1963 The London run of Billy Liar lasted for at least six hundred performances1 enjoying the successful adaptation of Waterhouses novel With previous cinema adaptations of other writers successfully under their belt Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse decided to turn their hand to their own work and adapted the stage plays script for film The two scripts were almost identical with only a small number of censorious changes made to the film version John Schlesinger the films director was able to explore Billys fantasies in more depth bringing an extra dimension to the central character and his surroundings due to the fact that film is a far more versatile medium than theatre For example in the film the viewer was visually transported to the imaginary country of Ambrosia rather than having to visit it through Billys internal dialogue as
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