Screens Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00pm at the Sie FilmCenter.
Introduction and post-film discussion lead by Adam Graves, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry at MSU Denver.
FREE for DFS Members, $5 for Non-Member guests, $7 for Non-Members
Part of our Great Adaptations series!
Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.
With more than 50% of all films in release over the last century having been adapted from books, the journey that a creative property takes from page to screen is a unique and complicated one. In order to be a truly great adaptation how close must you follow the original material and how much can you stray and take off from the beaten path? Characters, timelines, locations, endings, everything is up for interpretation and those changes can be met with either chagrin or celebration.
We're taking five different films, each considered one of the best adaptations of its source material and diving in to see what each did to set themselves apart. From the wild and abstract "Adaptation." to the snappy "The Thin Man", the shocking "Manchurian Candidate", the expansive "Blade Runner" and the vivid and terrifying "It".
Screenwriter: Charlie Kaufman - Based On The Novel The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Maggie Gyllenhaal