Theatre and Film 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
207DFM1 Z 1 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students, upon completion of the course, should be able to percieve the difference between film and theatre poetics and the expression tools of both of those arts. They should be acquainted with the current narrative theories and based on these be able to compare the original film (script) with its transformation in a theatre script and staging on which it was based. As a result the student should also be able to identify the part and input of individual creative subjects into the resulting artistic work.

Mode of study

Classes combined with lectures and moderated discussions.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge of Czech drama and theatre at the Bachelor's level, Basic familiarity with important figures in Czech and world cinematorgraphy.

Course contents

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with issues inthe relationship of theatre and film in their two forms. The first semester will be devoted to the more traditional form of that relationship, that is film based on drama. The second semester will cover today's very progressive form of theatre adaptations of film sources. Upon agreement several Czech dramas will be selected and their film adaptations screened. Students may be prompted to attend theatre performances based on films. In the second part of the semester there will be discussions over the manners of how adapters, scriptwriters and directors completed the translation of a piece from one type to another. Issues in the differences in literature, theatre and film will be covered as well as various adaptation strategies and the influence of cinematography on the reader and theatre-makers.

Recommended or required reading

BUBENÍČEK, Petr: Mezi slovem a obrazem: teorie a praxe filmové adaptace literárního díla. Ústav české literatury a knihovnictví, FF MU, Brno 2007.

EDGERTON, Garry: Film and the arts in symbiosis. London 2007.

GROSSMAN, Jan: O kombinaci divadla a filmu. Praha 1968.

KNOPF, Robert: Theatre and film. A comparative anthology. Yale University Press 2004.

Kol.: Pohledy: sborník přednášek o divadle a filmu. Univerzita Palackého, Olomouc 2000.

LEHMANN, Hans-Thies: Postdramatické divadlo. Bratislava 2007.

McFARLANE, Brian: Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1996.

MIHÁLIKOVÁ, Gizela: Estetické paralely a osobitosti vztahu literatury, divadla, filmu a televízie. Slovenský filmový ústav, Bratislava 1987.

MRAVCOVÁ, Marie: Literatura ve filmu. Melantrich, Praha 1990.

PROCHÁZKA, Miroslav: Znaky dramatu a divadla. Panorama, Praha 1988.

ŠTEFANIDES, Jiří: Svědectví nebo legenda? Divadlo ve filmu a televizi. FF UP, Olomouc 2002.

FISCHER-LICHTE, Erika: Znakový jazyk divadla: k problému generování divadelního významu. Divadelní revuí, roč. 10, č. 2, s. 18-30.

HUTCHEON, Linda: Co se děje při adaptaci? Iluminace, roč. 22, č.1, s. 23-59.

Assessment methods and criteria

Participation, paper presentation on an selected topic, submitting the written version.

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

room S410
Učebna S410 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 15:30–17:00 Pavel JANOUŠEK Učebna S410 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

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