The Boy, the Bachelor and the Bride: Adaptation as Variation in 'The Window,' 'Rear Window,' and 'The Bride Wore Black' | Spring 2019
March 31, 2019
The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027
March 31st, 2019 4:15 pm -
Lecture by Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame
This free talk was part of The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
Into the Night: Cornell Woolrich and Film Noir
This talk considers the process of adaptation in The Window, Rear Window, and The Bride Wore Black. Rather than worry about whether the films get the Woolrich source material "right," this talk envisions the films as unique performances or variations of their source texts. The films each amplify certain themes and components of the plots while abandoning others, and, in some cases, supplement the original material. In this sense, adaptation can be seen as a kind of authorship that simultaneously reflects the concerns of the film's author and provides a new lens on the original Woolrich story.
Pamela Robertson Wojcik is a Professor in Film, TV and Theatre, and Concurrent Faculty in American Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is author of Guilty Pleasures: Feminist Camp from Mae West to Madonna (1996), The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975 (2010), and Fantasies of Neglect: Imaging the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction (2016). She is currently writing a book about the film Gidget.
About the Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival
Short story maestro, former Columbia student, muse of suspense filmmakers: Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968) lived all of these lives. The Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival presents 12 adaptations of Woolrich’s fiction: from the canonized masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut to lesser known “B” films and Monogram potboilers. Many films will be screened in 35mm.
This festival is the second in a ten-year series devoted to the legacy of film noir. It was funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.
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