Genesis (1999)

“Adapting Genesis” Introduction The phenomenal success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) spurred a much-needed revitalization of interest in the relationship between the cinema and religion. However, from the point-of-view of those of us desiring a re-invention of adaptation studies, the impact of this film is quite regrettable. The Passion of the ...

The Lost City of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z (2016)
“An Image of Amazonia” In “An Image of Africa,” his scolding 1975 lecture to the Anglo-American literary establishment delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe laments the modernist celebration of Joseph Conrad’s purportedly anti-imperialist novel, Heart of Darkness (1899). Achebe argues that, despite the indictment of the lunacy of White imperialism in ...

A Hologram for the King (2016)

A Hologram for the King (2016)
“A Splash of Hope” Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer’s new film, A Hologram for the King constructs a fabulous post-colonial romance out of references to two very different Hollywood films. Adapted from a novel by Dave Eggers, the film concerns a failed businessman, Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell ...