Professor chats on plays-turned-films
The State News: Do you believe plays made into movies work well?
Rob Roznowski: I do. The director needs to view the material in more cinematic fashion while retaining the theatricality that made the show a success in the first place.
SN: Are there any movies that you enjoy that were first plays? Any movies you dislike that were plays first?
RR: I think the recent movie version of "Chicago" was quite successful. The director rethought much of the material but was true to the original.
SN: Are you excited to see "Rent" as a movie?
RR: I am. I am not a huge diehard fan of the show like some, but I am always thrilled whenever theater pieces can cross over to a larger audience.
SN: Any other thoughts on the relationship between theater and film?
RR: The movie musical I am concentrating on this genre since "Rent" is a musical really has been reinvigorated with successes like "Moulin Rouge!" and "Chicago." I hope the trend continues.