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.
James M. Cain’s 1941 hard-boiled novel relates the travails of the eponymous character as she tries to build a better life for her and her daughter during the Great Depression. In 1945, Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) directed a feature film version that uniquely blended narrative and aesthetic elements from both film noir and melodrama.
Please note: students are expected to have read the novel before the session.