From Script to Screen: Hollywood Classics
A screenplay is supposed to be a blueprint for a film, but sometimes the original screenplay and the final film bear little resemblance to each other. More often, a film doesn’t live up to the potential of a screenplay, or the film surpasses the expectations for the script. This course will give movie buffs the opportunity to sit in the director’s chair and examine the source material for well-known and well-loved Hollywood films. You will read the scripts for classics such as Casablanca, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Godfather, and The Graduate. Then, in class, we will watch the films and discuss the differences between script and film—what worked, what didn’t, what changes the filmmakers made and why, and whether the changes were for better or for worse.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the roles of the screenwriter and director
- Familiarity with the stories behind some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed films
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Screenwriters, directors, and anyone with an interest in film