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This article discusses the aspects of the interaction of literature and cinema, with particular attention being paid to issues of intercultural and cross-cultural communications and ways of translating the code mental meanings of one culture into the sign system of the recipient culture within the framework of film discourse. These processes are due to the special nature of the interaction of literature and cinema and are largely determined by the communicative potential of both sides of the cultural dialogue.

The modern film industry quite often refers to the works of literary classics as a source of artistic inspiration. The works of literature that have remained over the centuries are not only the “golden fund” of world literature, but they are also the highest examples of national literatures of a particular era. Such an ambivalence of understanding literature in general and literary classics in particular requires the creator of film incarnations of a literary work not only to transfer to the screen plot conflicts and characters laid down by the author of a literary source, but also to preserve national and cultural codes immanently present in any literary text.

An important circumstance of the interaction of literature and cinema is that the literary text, organized according to the laws of narrative, must be redesigned using audio-visual means, i. e. recode the narrative using certain cinematic codes, taking into account a number of factors, from the peculiarity of the director's interpretation of the literary source to the contextual features of the text and the communicative mechanisms of perception of its film embodiment.


Cinema, intercultural communication, cinema discourse, cinematic code, cinema language, interpretation.