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John Boorman adapted the Passing of Arthur in the movie Excalibur Movies are not the only adaptations of Tennysons poem but there are several art and music adaptations Examples of these adaptations include music by Loreena McKennit and paintings by John William Waterhouse Howard Pyle and Arthur Rackham In Bela Balazss Art Form and Material Balazs states that a good adaptation is a reinterpretation of the original Boorman uses nature and color to recreate the atmosphere of the original text These techniques enhance the richness of the movie provide a more in depth view of Arthurs life and make the setting more interesting Tennysons descriptive writing allows the reader to form detailed pictures The atmosphere Tennyson creates focuses a lot on the beauty of nature During the scene when Bedivere throws Excalibur in the lake he describes the area with zigzag paths and juts of pointed rock the shining levels of the lakethe winter moon long cloud and frost He produces an atmosphere of bleakness and despair Tennyson concentrates on the image of the winter moon while Bedivere tries to get rid of the Excalibur This picture makes the reader think that the setting is a winter night According to Websters dictionary winter symbolizes of coldness misery or death Winter is the season when living things die The moon only comes out during the night At night people rest from their busy lives and do nothing Night closely related to winter because both are very dark and bleak times The lack of light shows the sadness happening to Arthur As Arthur passes the only light he has comes from the winter moon The reader gets the feeling that Arthur is heading there Tennyson chooses dark words and images to create a very desolate and gloomy setting Sidney Lumet states in Making Movies there are no unimportant decisions in a movie Production designers put a lot of effort to recreate the
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