Great Books on Screen Great Books on Screen

Great Books on Screen


Joseph Luzzi, Moderator

How does a literary classic also become a masterpiece on screen? And what are some of the all-time greatest cinematic adaptations of classic literature? In this Seminar, we will explore the fascinating dimension where film and literature intersect and how literary texts by authors such as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster are transformed into some of the most unforgettable works in the history of cinema. Video will be used.

Please Note:

Viewing the films is recommended, but not required. While the sessions will include clips of the selected films, they will not be screened in their entirety.

Session 1 To Kill a Mockingbird, ROBERT MULLIGAN (1962)
Session 2 The Leopard, LUCHINO VISCONTI (1963)
Session 3 Howards End, JAMES IVORY (1992)
Session 4 Age of Innocence, MARTIN SCORSESE (1993)
Session 5 The English Patient, ANTHONY MINGHELLA (1996)
Session 6 Mrs. Dalloway, MARLEEN GORRIS (1997)

THURSDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
OCT 22 (MONDAY, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
NOV 1, 15

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Joseph Luzzi

JOSEPH LUZZI – An active critic, his writings on FILM have appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Bookforum, and many others. Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He holds an MA in French Literature, NYU and a PhD in Italian Literature, Yale University.

His books include the memoirs In a Dark Wood (HarperCollins, 2015) and My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and the scholarly works A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014), a Finalist for The Bridge Book Award, and Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press, 2008), which received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association.

Photo Credit: Everett Collection