Since its inception, cinema has always shared an affinity with literature. To wit, many of the first narrative films produced were adapted from classic or popular literature—a trend that continues to this day. And while these two narrative media have many similarities, there are also stark differences between the two forms. Join us for a new course in which we will read well-known novels, watch their film adaptations, and then discuss and analyze the two.
Tom Perrotta’s darkly comic novel uses a story about a heated race for high school president in suburban New Jersey as a sharp critique of American politics and education. The film was deftly adapted in 1999 by Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Nebraska), and features an incisive, Oscar-nominated screenplay that takes aim at teachers and students alike.
Please note: students are expected to have read the novel before the session. To find a copy of the book at your local library, please visit the Montgomery County Library System Catalog.