Gary Bettinson1
View More View Less
  • 1 University of Kent
Penning Dramatic Chance
Adaptation, Dürrenmatt, and The Pledge
in Film Studies
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

In Sean Penn‘s crime thriller The Pledge (2000), a crucial stage of story action is determined by a purely chance event. Neither prefigured by narrative signposting nor sutured into the films system of causation, the chance event both mystifies the fictive agents and distresses audience expectation. This essay explores the issues at stake in the films reliance on chance action, arguing that its usage represents a significant risk on the part of the dramaturgist. Moreover, the essay examines the alterations that the film makes in Friedrich Dürrenmatts source novel, and considers the ways in which these alterations radically transform the effects created by the story‘s chance event.

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 132 19 0
Full Text Views 48 0 0
PDF Downloads 19 0 0