FILM4085 Screen Adaptation (3 units)
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What is originality and creativity in film adaptation? How does film retell a popular story and betray its literary source to capture audiences on psychological, moral, and social levels? Students will look at these remakes in terms of their artistic renovations as well as the socio-historical context in which the adaptations are made. Should the art of adaptation be faithful to the literary source or yield to the popular taste of the audience? What is lost and what is gained in the passage from words to images? What factors trigger the artistic or thematic changes in an adaptation when it crosses over different media of expression? This course introduces some significant literary adaptations in modern visual and performative culture. Potential topics include adaptations of myth, fantasy, ghost story, romance, science fiction, crime and detective story in the form of movie, musical, drama, opera, or animation. The course encourages students to think critically and creatively about various means and strategies of screen adaptation from word, image, music, and performance, and explore the varied meanings of remaking in its technological, inter-media, trans-historical, and cross-cultural complexities.
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