Since the release of Brian DePalma's film CARRIE in 1976, Hollywood's involvement with adapting Stephen King's fictional universe into film has been nothing less than obsessive. At this point in time, over 70 films have been made either based on Stephen King narratives or screen/teleplay scripts that King himself authored. This course seeks to engage some of the best of these films: CARRIE, STAND BY ME, THE SHINING, APT PUPIL, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION with the intention of exploring several issues: despite their different directors and screenwriters, do these films maintain some kind of vision that connects them; what makes these films so popular; and how effectively do they translate King's narrative intentions into film. The course will mostly consist of class discussion, with the occasional lecture as well. Assignments will include a 5 page two-minute analysis of a scene from one of the films and a cumulative take-home final exam.
Anthony Magistrale ()
Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2013
Stephen King is one of those rare cultural phenomenons whose work is not only representative of American culture, but in 40 years of writing, has also influenced American culture. And it is arguably his films where this influence has been most potent. We'll look at the best of the adaptations: CARRIE, THE SHINING, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, among others TBA. One required book for the course: THE FILMS OF STEPHEN KING (Palgrave), ISBN: 9780230338302.
Attendance at individual film screenings is not required, but students will be expected to have viewed each film prior to EVERY film discussion session. Because this is a summer school class, attendance at these class discussions is mandatory and there are exceptions except for medical emergencies and death.
Two essays. The first, an analysis of two minutes from one of the films under discussion that may include treatment of technical features?such as camera angles, point of view, dialogue, color, lighting, etc?as well as a justification for the unique importance of this scene on its own and in relation to the rest of the movie. Figure somewhere around 5 typed pages. The final exam will be a take home distributed on the last day of class.
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