NOVELS BY WOMEN

FILMS OF MERIT

 

Fourth quarter project: 20 points

 

In a group of four or five, read a novel of literary merit that has been translated into a film of merit. ANALYZE why the director and producers made the changes they did in changing the author's work to another medium

 

TIME: 30-40 minutes

 

FILM CLIPS: Must be continuous or keyed by number to my video monitor

 

CONTENT: The goal of the presentation is to analyze the decisions made in adapting the novel to film. Consider:

 

        casting

        plot included or omitted

        characters included or omitted

        change in the ending

        portions of novel expanded or events invented for the film

        historical accuracy

        costuming (authentic or otherwise)

        music

        shot angles

        lighting

        flashbacks

 

GRADING:

 

You will be graded on the clarity of your presentation and the level of insight you bring to the questions the producers and director made. Your clips should be relevant and well-timed. You should not deal only with plot: ANALYZE and tell us things we couldn't figure out on our own.

 

POSSIBLE BOOKS:


 

        The Joy Luck Club

        Frankenstein

        Sense and Sensibility

        Northanger Abbey

        Pride and Prejudice

        Emma (2 groups for each of two films)

        Wuthering Heights

        Ethan Frome

        To the Lighthouse

        Breathing Lessons

        The Age of Innocence

        Fried Green Tomatoes

        Jane Eyre

        The Color Purple

        Beloved

        CAVEAT : rated films need parental approval and you must not show offensive scenes in class