ADAPTATIONS: FROM PAPER TO SCREEN

Elective Courses

CIMS 014 - ADAPTATIONS: FROM PAPER TO SCREEN

ITAL 100 | COML 107
401 |SEM |Alessandra Mirra |MWF 2-3pm |FBH 141

How many of your favorite films are actually literary adaptations? Literature and Film are two different worlds, with their own language and very specific features. These two worlds, though, often intertwine, and numerous films are inspired by literary works or popular narrative fiction – films that do not simply adapt the text to the visual medium, but give birth to a different work of art. What happens in this passage from the text to the screen? What gets lost, what is added, and how are things translated between two very different art forms? What are the theoretical implications of such a “translation”? The course will explore cinematic adaptations of famous literary works made by renowned Italian filmmakers. Case studies include, but are not limited to, Dante’s Comedy (Bertolini, 1911 and Cote-Lapoint, 2014); Boccaccio’s Decameron (Pasolini, 1971 and Taviani 2015); Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Taviani, 2012); The Gospel according to St. Mattew (Pasolini, 1964); Boito’s Senso (Visconti, 1954); Moravia, The Comformist (Bertolucci, 1970); Tomasi de Lampedusa’s The Leopard (Visconti, 1963). The course will provide students with the necessary critical tools to analyze both verbal and visual texts within the historical and cultural context of their production, as well as an overview of theoretical approaches in adaptation studies.

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