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.
The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel chronicles—and questions—the moral proclivities of New York’s Gilded Age, upper-class society. At first blush, Martin Scorsese might seem ill-suited to the material, but a story about brutality, deceit, desire, and obligation is rather perfect for the director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Please note: students are expected to have read the novel before the session. To find a copy of the book at your local library, please visit the Montgomery County Library System Catalog. If you have already read the novel, and are interested in learning more about the author and her work, please click here to access an in-depth reading list provided by our friends at the Ludington Library.