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What makes a successful film adaptation of a stage play?

What makes a successful film adaptation of a stage play?

Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated “Fences” is a screen adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson. Such adaptations are about as old as Hollywood cinema. With literally hundreds of stage-to-screen films made over the decades, these movies present their own challenges (limited settings, long-winded dialogue) but when done well, can be a masterful blend of two primary art forms.

Subcategories of the genre abound, including the odder screen-to-stage adaptation (“Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Sunset Boulevard”), musicals (“My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story”) and, of course, any number of Shakespeare plays.

What they all have in...

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