Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where is everyone?

I haven't heard from many of you in the past few days. Hope all is well.
I am instituting a film series on campus starting this Saturday night. The idea was to introduce students in my class (and others) to films they probably haven't seen, but should.
This semester, as I've said before, my Writing 2 class focuses on adaptation from literature to film. I figure that students will have a hard time choosing appropriate films though because they haven't seen many, only the latest blockbusters. So I will be showing a film every Saturday night, starting with this Saturday at 7 PM in room P0 on campus. The film I've chosen to begin with is The Shining. I have been told that there is a tv miniseries of this film that is far closer to King's original than Kubrick's film, but no one (besides newspapers and trade magazines) has had anything in particular to say about that second version, so it isn't appropriate for a research paper.
In the future, if anyone shows up, I will screen Whale's Frankenstein, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Double Indemnity, Maltese Falcon, Prizzi's Honor, A Streetcar Called Desire, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, and Solaris (the original Russian version).
I have checked most of these and found that the right kind of research exists for each, so students could easily use them for the project.
If you're around, please drop by to the series. I'd love to see you. BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn).


marly youmans said...


That sounds like a blast, and if only we could momentarily squeeze the continent, I'd be there. But I would not write a research paper afterward!

Rebel Girl said...

Sounds good. I don't get out much on weekends, especially in the evening but I will mention it to my students.

Robbi said...

I meant to say every OTHER Saturday night, not every one. Marly, I wish we could squeeze the continent! I'd love to visit. I don't expect most of the people who come to write papers, and even my students only have to choose a film/book (just one) and write papers.

Robbi said...

Thanks Reb. I have a small room, so I'm not inviting everyone to tell students, but creative writing students might be interested.

Lou said...

This is such a good endeavor, and I surely wish you great success.

Robbi said...

Thanks Lou. I wish I could entice you to come, but I know you are not a creature of the night, and probably don't want to see something like The Shining anyway. Too creepy. I love that film, but I confess it scares the crap out of me.