The Art of Adaptation: Books to Movies -- "A Night to Remember"
The Art of Adaptation is a unique monthly book/film discussion series exploring movie adaptations of books (details below).
AUGUST ZOOM SESSION (August 11): A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (book 1955, film 1958).
Walter Lord’s classic account of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic has never been out of print since its initial publication over 65 years ago, and is still considered a definitive resource about the doomed ship. The 1958 film version -- far less bombastic than James Cameron’s 1997 mega-blockbuster Titanic – remains highly regarded by historians for its accuracy.
Discussion on Zoom begins at 7:00 p.m. on August 11. After signing up (below) you will be emailed the Zoom link.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
Each month, participants read a designated book and then watch the movie version. On the second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m., we gather by Zoom for an informal discussion, exploring how the adaptation stacked up, and the strengths and weaknesses of different storytelling media. The diverse books cover the period 1939 to 2010, and the movie versions encompass a variety of genres, including drama, musical, horror, and works based on true stories.
The books and movies are available to borrow free from Gates Public Library, or to download/stream from the library’s OverDrive and Hoopla services (details below).
HOW TO BORROW THE BOOKS AND MOVIES:
Copies of the books will be available for checkout at Gates Public Library one month prior to the discussion date. To borrow, you’ll need a library card from Gates or another public library in Monroe County (how to get a card). Most titles (as indicated in the description) are available in e-book and e-audiobook formats from OverDrive, though the number of e-copies is generally low.
The movies can be watched either by streaming them from Hoopla using the links above, or borrowing DVD and/or Blu-ray copies from Gates Public Library. To use Hoopla, you must have a Gates Public Library card, or a card from another subscribing MCLS library (Chili, Fairport, Greece, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Rochester Public Library).