Nitrate Film: Degradation and Preservation

There's a scene in Cinema Paradiso that I find utterly wrenching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1GXJBIkb74 The projectionist, Alfredo, has just changed the position of the projector to show a film outside against a building, since the manager has closed the theater for the night. Salvatore watches in the square below. In an instant, the image bubbles and the … Continue reading Nitrate Film: Degradation and Preservation

Race in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Pretty much every film I've watched during the pandemic and the protests for racial justice has been charged with a different type of energy. I've been learning more and more about how racist attitudes come across in the different media we consume and I want to talk about it more. I think confronting these attitudes … Continue reading Race in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

What Makes For Good Adaptation?

It's good to be blogging again after our three week trip to Taiwan. I have several posts in the works about that trip, but today I want to write about a really great article I read today on Lit Hub with the rather long title: "How Should a Literary Adaptation Be? We Asked the Critics … Continue reading What Makes For Good Adaptation?

Books that Would Make Awful Films

  The other day, I read this article on LitHub about books that would make terrible films. It's an interesting concept, especially when you think about how many books are made into movies and how many stories seem perfect for this kind of adaptation. I've only read one book on the author's list,¬†One Hundred Years … Continue reading Books that Would Make Awful Films

Page to Screen: Me Before You

Film Adaptation--love it or hate it, it's an undeniable part of our culture. For my part, I love it. Even when it's done poorly (and goodness knows it is), it still has the power to get people talking critically about art and adaptation. Some Pertinent Facts: Film release date: June, 2016 Director: Thea Sharrock (in … Continue reading Page to Screen: Me Before You

From Page to Screen: Chocolat

Literature adaptation. It causes almost every reader to cringe, but I am totally obsessed with it. This feature looks at films and their book counterparts and analyses similarities and differences between the two. The goal is not to see which one is better, but to see what artistic decisions are made and what they bring … Continue reading From Page to Screen: Chocolat

Remake Review: The Philadelphia Story and High Society

"The time to make up your mind about people is never." There may be no type of adaptation more tricky to pull off than a remake. Unlike a more subtle retelling, a remake matches its subject--sometimes line for line and scene for scene. In many ways, remakes have more riding on them than an original … Continue reading Remake Review: The Philadelphia Story and High Society

From Page to Screen: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I'm totally fascinated by (some might say obsessed with) adaptation. If you believe, as I do, that nothing is truly original, then pretty much every cultural product is some form of adaptation or interpretation. I think of it as an extremely creative process: how to make unfamiliar the familiar (fairy tale adaptation); how to bring … Continue reading From Page to Screen: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children