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From Print to Pictures, The Art of Film Adaptation: Reel Law

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In six films and the texts from which they are adapted, we will examine what is legal or illegal, who is guilty or innocent. Our award-winning films are: Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men – Henry Fonda stars as the lone man who tries to convince 11 other jurors to reconsider their guilty verdict; Fred Zinnemann’s A Man for All Seasons – Paul Scofield, as Sir Thomas More, challenges Henry VIII, who breaks with the Pope over his royal divorce; Lumet returns to court with The Verdict – Paul Newman is a washed-up lawyer attempting a difficult comeback; Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune — Jeremy Irons plays Claus von Bulow, accused of the attempted murder of his socialite wife; Norman Jewison’s A Soldier’s Story — a suspenseful adaptation about a murder on a 1940s southern military post, sizzling with heated emotions and a young Denzel Washington; Joel Schumacher’s The Client — Susan Sarandon portrays a caring lawyer defending an 11-year-old boy threatened by the Feds and the Mob. In our first three-hour study group session we examine the text, then view the film. The following week’s two-hour discussion evaluates the film’s adaptation. Members obtain copies of Barry Reed’s The Verdict, Alan Dershowitz’s Reversal of Fortune, and John Grisham’s The Client. Coordinators provide texts for the remaining films.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Julie Gordon2.Art Bloom 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/13/2021 - 12/13/2021 Weekly - Mon 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Art Bloom  ; Julie Gordon 
/*NOV 14 2020*/