Great Adaptations: The Thin Man | Denver Film Society | W.S. Van Dyke | USA

Great Adaptations: The Thin Man

W.S. Van Dyke

EnglishUSA193491 min


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Screens Sunday, May 13th at 2:00pm on 35mm film!
FREE for DFS Members, $5 for Non-Member guests, $7 for Non-Members
Part of our Great Adaptations series!
Pre-film lecture, led by Sarah Hagelin, Associate Professor, Department of English, Director of Film Studies, University of Colorado at Denver.

The recently divorced Gilbert Wynant discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Gilbert's daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) goes to private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) for help.

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: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich from the novel by Dashiell Hammett
Cast: Michael Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Henry