Books into Film: The Art of Adaptation (CD or LA)

Subject associations
FRE 317 / COM 358
Fall 2024
Yassine Ait Ali
André Benhaïm
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Filmmaking was always inspired by different kinds of texts (scripts, plays, novels, comics...) while raising crucial questions: Why retell a story that is already well-known? What makes a good adaptation? How faithful should it be? When does it become appropriation? Engaging comparatively with the texts and their cinematic transformations, we will examine the limits and possibilities of adaptation as an art through a wide range of genres and topics (social class, humor, love, homosexuality, intercultural relations, racism, colonialism, art...) and cultures from different countries (Canada, France, Japan, Morocco, Senegal).