Forbidden Pleasures - Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith on Screen

Ref: C3741644

What could the work of the Catholic Heterosexual Graham Greene and the Lesbian atheist Patricia Highsmith have in common? Far more than you might think: guilt, amorality, masks, introspective characters and murder. Greene called Highsmith ‘the poet of apprehension’. This 8 week evening course will give you an opportunity to explore Greene adaptations like Ministry of Fear, Fritz Lang (1943), Brighton Rock, John Boulting (47), The Third Man, Carol Reed (49) and Highsmith adaptations like Strangers on a Train, Hitchcock (51) The Talented Mr. Ripley. Anthony Minghella (99), Ripley's Game, Liliana Cavani (2002) and Todd Haynes’ 2015 box office success Carol.

Course aim

To compare screen adaptations of the work of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You may have made films, attended many courses or are studying film for the first time. All you need is an open mind and a love of cinema.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • compare the film adaptations of the work of Greene and Highsmith.
  • use film analysis ideas and language in discussion.
  • apply those ideas to films not included on the course.
  • consider issues of representation, culture, commerce, history and politics in the analysis of cinema.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The tutor will supply notes and articles online to read before each session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share and discuss your ideas with the group in discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The tutor will supply notes but it may add to your pleasure in class to read notes and research films online.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Forbidden Pleasures - Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith on Screen

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