‘Road to Nowhere’. Christian Petzold’s Dialog with Anna Segerhs in his Film Adaptation of the Novel Transit

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Ewa Mikulska-Frindo


This article is an analysis of the film adaptation by Christian Petzold loosely based on Anna Seghers’ novel Transit. The action of the original book takes place in the 1940s in occupied France, the plot of the adaptation is set in contemporary Marseille. The author examines the methods used to combine these two different times and also focuses on differences between the book and the adaptation. It is assumed that Chris- tian Petzold’s original idea is a kind of intertextual dialog with Seghers’ novel and his adaptation could be seen as a series of operations such as: selection, concretization, analogization and first of all actualization.


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Cultural studies