Instructor: Heller
TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

A look at how one of the most popular literary genres translates to the big screen in the black and white era (silent films through 40s film noir). Starting with film adaptations of a classic Gothic text—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—we’ll read the novel, and then view cinematic versions ranging from the Edison Studio’s silent film of 1910 to James Whale’s famous 1930s movies starring Boris Karloff, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Other Gothic films we’ll view will include early versions of Dracula, such as Nosferatu (1922) as well as the classic film noir, Double Indemnity (1944).