Since its inception, cinema has always shared an affinity with literature. To wit, many of the first narrative films produced were adapted from classic or popular literature—a trend that continues to this day. And while these two narrative media have many similarities, there are also stark differences between the two forms. Join us for a new course in which we will read well-known novels, watch their film adaptations, and then discuss and analyze the two.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Psychedelic counterculture darling Ken Kesey’s 1965 novel about the patients at a psychiatric hospital is a critique of institutional repression, and an unapologetically raucous celebration of humanity. The late Milos Forman directed the highly acclaimed film adaption in 1975, beginning his cinematic focus on true iconoclasts that would come to include Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon (about radical comedian Andy Kaufman).
Please note: students are expected to have read the novel before the session.