From Book to Film to DVD to YouTube to… Wallpaper

I heard about Yooouuutuuube a few weeks ago, and didn’t think much of it at first. That is until The Impossible Cool twittered an example of the famous dance scene in Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à part. If there ever was a single testament to the mutability of art, it may be this: The film was itself a loose adaptation of the American pulp novel Fool’s Gold by Dolores Hitchens. The nouvelle vague piece found new life on DVD – thanks to the peerless Criterion Collection, whose recent innovations I’ve written of before – and even inspiring a menswear clothing line by a former film agent. From there, the inevitable tributes and excerpts on YouTube. I wonder if Godard, ever the winking formalist, would appreciate its newest permutation as a kind of stacked zoetrope, a moving wallpaper you could watch on loop for hours:

Band of Outsiders

What are some other examples of source texts going through so many media? The Godfather video game? 

Related: Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, by Richard Brody

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