Shepherdtown Film Society's 2007 film series provides a critical look
at contemporary American cinema by pairing Hollywood films from the last
decade with older classics or their European counterpart.
The series comprises three groups of films. The first - Theme and
Variation - invites viewers to consider the evolution of film genres from
the classical to the parodic. For example, the classic 1950s science
fiction film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is paired with
"Mars Attacks", a sci-fi parody from 1996. The second group of
films - Dream and Reality - comprises two films whose plot and
cinematography blur the line between these two states. The final group of
films - Adaptations - invites the viewer to consider the process of
adapting a literary text to the silver screen. The Coen brothers'
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?", for instance, is based on
Homer's Odyssey. And the last three films in this group are all based
on Dangerous Liaisons, an eighteenth-century epistolary novel by
Choderlos de Laclos.
THEME AND VARIATION (original film and comic parody)
Film Noir/Organized Crime
DREAM AND REALITY (films that blur the line between these two states)
ADAPTATIONS (films based on literary pretexts)
Three films based on the French text Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos: