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4th May '16 7:57:22 AM thewhitefairy
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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have its roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd"]], while it's actually the other way round.

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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have its roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's ''Sweeney'' 's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd"]], while it's actually the other way round.
1st May '16 2:55:49 PM thewhitefairy
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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have its roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.

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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have its roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], Todd"]], while it's actually the other way round.
1st May '16 2:54:21 PM thewhitefairy
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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have his roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.

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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have his its roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.
27th Apr '16 1:54:24 AM erforce
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** It also has some relation to the legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Bean Sawney Bean]] which has been around for several hundred years but is probably fictional. The Sawney Bean family was the direct inspiration for ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''.

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** It also has some relation to the legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Bean Sawney Bean]] which has been around for several hundred years but is probably fictional. The Sawney Bean family was the direct inspiration for ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''.''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977''.
26th Apr '16 9:00:06 PM missmoon
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* This trope is actually invoked during the production process of the film Film/{{Frank}}. Jon Ronson, the film's writer, invoked this at the request of the real Frank Sidebottom because through conversations with him before his death, they felt that fictionalizing the film's plot would ring truer to the idea of Frank Sidebottom as well as play with the outsider art theme as well.
26th Apr '16 5:54:02 AM thewhitefairy
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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have his roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's story, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.

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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have his roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's story, scenario, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.
26th Apr '16 5:51:09 AM thewhitefairy
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* Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet: It's usually a well-known fact that the movie is based on a [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet musical]], which added stories of revenge, a judge, and Sweeney's daughter to the original story. The latter was originally a novel, itself based on an UrbanLegend...which have his roots in a true story. The latter is quite different from Sweeney's story, though, except it involved cannibalism. It happened in Paris, not London, and as soon as [[TheMiddleAges 1387]], in Marmousets street. Also, the baker was male, not female, and named Pierre Miquelon, while his barber neighbor was Barnabé Cabard. Their motivation was apparently simply greed, (no revenge story here) and they were burned at the stake after it was discovered they used students corpses to do pâtés. Ironically, Barnabé is nowadays often described as a [[AdaptationDisplacement "french Sweeney Todd]], while it's actually the other way round.
6th Apr '16 9:52:45 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' heavily fictionalizes the real-life Scopes Trial, which in truth was a simple misdemeanor charge played up by the town of Dayton, TN as a publicity stunt. John Scopes was not arrested in his classroom, he was never sent to jail, the fine levied against him was overturned on a technicality (after prosecutor William Jennings Bryan offered to pay it himself), and the prosecutor was not dramatically struck dead at the reading of the verdict. The play's preface states that the work is based on but but does not accurately reflect historical events. The film adaptations, on the other hand, do not, leading many to mistakenly believe [[CommonKnowledge the events portrayed in the story are what actually happened]].

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* ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' heavily fictionalizes the real-life Scopes Trial, which in truth was a simple misdemeanor charge played up by the town of Dayton, TN as a publicity stunt. John Scopes was not arrested in his classroom, he was never sent to jail, the fine levied against him was overturned on a technicality tossed out by the judge (after prosecutor William Jennings Bryan offered to pay it himself), and the prosecutor was not dramatically struck dead at the reading of the verdict. The play's preface states that the work is based on but but does not accurately reflect historical events. The film adaptations, on the other hand, do not, leading many to mistakenly believe [[CommonKnowledge the events portrayed in the story are what actually happened]].
3rd Apr '16 6:52:05 PM DrOO7
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*** Given how incredibly loose the interpretation is, they either didn't have to or weren't allowed to.



* The film ''Film/APlaceInTheSun'' is adapted from the novel ''Literature/AnAmericanTragedy'', which is itself based on the story of the 1906 murder of Grace Brown by her boyfriend Chester Gillette. While the movie takes liberties with the story--Brown was a lovely young woman but is portrayed as frumpy and nagging, the real-life murder was certain but left ambiguous in the film (possibly an accident), the plot follows the real-life events--Brown and Gillette were romantically involved and she was insisting that they marry due to her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, while he was reluctant because doing so would have ended his chances of advancing into wealthy society. After inviting her away for the weekend under the pretense of it being a wedding trip, he took her out onto a lake where he promptly struck her on the head and threw her into the water to drown. The movie has them ''both'' falling out of the boat, but the fade to black leaves the viewer wondering if he might very well have tried to save her and simply been unsuccessful. In both mediums, the man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

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* The film ''Film/APlaceInTheSun'' is adapted from the novel ''Literature/AnAmericanTragedy'', which is itself based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Grace_Brown story of the 1906 murder of Grace Brown by her boyfriend Chester Gillette.Gillette]]. While the movie takes liberties with the story--Brown was a lovely young woman but is portrayed as frumpy and nagging, the real-life murder was certain but left ambiguous in the film (possibly an accident), the plot follows the real-life events--Brown and Gillette were romantically involved and she was insisting that they marry due to her out-of-wedlock pregnancy, while he was reluctant because doing so would have ended his chances of advancing into wealthy society. After inviting her away for the weekend under the pretense of it being a wedding trip, he took her out onto a lake where he promptly struck her on the head and threw her into the water to drown. The movie has them ''both'' falling out of the boat, but the fade to black leaves the viewer wondering if he might very well have tried to save her and simply been unsuccessful. In both mediums, the man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
27th Mar '16 12:13:09 PM caffeinatedkate
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* ''Film/{{Gothic}}'' is director Ken Russell's take on how Mary Shelley was inspired to write Literature/{{Frankenstein}} after spending a stormy night at Lord Byron's place but almost everything that actually happens in the film comes from Russell's own ''unique'' imagination.
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