DACOR: Novels into Film - Like Apples and Oranges
Mr. Mike Canning, local film critic and author, will compare U.S. literature and motion pictures. He examines several significant American novels converted to major Hollywood films and speculates on what has been lost or gained in the transition. Mr. Canning starts from the premise that moviegoers inevitably compare the worthiness of movie versions to books they have read, which belies the fact that literature and film are very different forms of expression. Among the titles discussed: Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Mr. Canning has reviewed movies for the Hill Rag newspaper on Capital Hill for almost 25 years. He is also a freelance writer and speaker on film, public affairs, and politics and has written often on the depiction of Washington politics and the U.S. Congress in American feature films. He was also a Foreign Service officer with USIA for 28 years. This event costs $25 and includes lunch.