Author(s): Dilek TUNALI

Fairy tales have perpetuated via repetition, transmission and protection of mythos, rituals and archetypes. During those transmissions, some additions and removals have happened in conformity with the environment in which fairy tale develops and its form has been deformed to some extent. Tale which gains intertextual characteristic as it is seems to transfer this process of transmission and repetition to cinema in modern times. Since the beginning of invention of cinema, tales have been an important verbal and visual source for films. The act of narrating and listening had left its place to watching and showing; the actions of "transmission" and "repetition" which are indispensable for cultural continuity had opened new doors for cinematic sense through screen. The continuity of a structural theme passing from mythos to tales and then to cinema is in question. This theme is hero's journey, initiation, rites of passage, magic, archetypical transmissions and protection of dramatic structure of narrative cinema in films. Intertextual development and sensual production has been moved to a creative, ideological and aesthetic dimension in independent tale adaptations. Traces of tales today protect some patterns within the context of cultural continuity in cinema and perpetuate symbolic dimension, need of image and the mission of intellectual imagery development. The mission passing from tales to cinema could be stated as making visible supernatural images of half-dark environment of primitive man beyond a simple need of narration and contributing in stilldevelopping imagery of human being through production of films and new visual sense.


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