OSHR 1474 - From Novels to Film: The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

William Faulkner once said that "problems of the human heart in conflict with itsel" make the best stories, and that idea certainly applies to the films scheduled for our discussions: In A Room with a View, adapted from E. M. Forster’s novel, Miss Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) must choose between two men. Laura, adapted from Vera Caspary’s pulp fiction, watches a New York City cop (Dana Andrews) become obsessed with a woman thought to be dead. Stand by Me is a coming-of-age story adapted from Stephen King’s nostalgic novella, The Body, and The Commitments, adapted from Roddy Doyle’s best-known novel, looks at young musicians determined to create Dublin’s first soul band.

The novels are "good reads" but not required. Our discussions, beginning with the second session, will focus on significant sequences from the films, and the ideas and cinematic methods they illustrate.

Readings: Forester, E. M., A Room with a View, 13:978-0-486-28467-5; Caspary, Vera, Laura, 13:978-1-55861-505-2; King, Stephen, The Body, Different Seasons, 0-451-16753-8; Doyle, Roddy, The Commitments, 0-679-72174-6

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.