The Mafia, Sex and Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (0:47)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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The Mafia, Sex and Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation

 

Transcript:

What was crazy was, he wasn’t smart enough to ask to read a copy of the script. He didn’t know they would let him do that. So he just demanded that they never use the word and it turned out they only used it twice in the whole original script. So, they were perfectly happy to say “Ok. We won’t use it. Can’t say La Cosa Nostra. You can’t say mafia.” So they just keep saying “this thing of ours.” IT didn’t hurt the movie, but but it was something that stressed — it might have had a financial bearing on it, because they figured the Italian audience — this was who was going to come see this movie. Now. What really changes in most adaptations is the books are too long to be turned into films and so The Godfather provides us a good example of something that had to change both for length and for sexual content.

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

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Character Archetypes and The Monkees from An Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author of “Why The Monkees Matter” on the Zilch Podcast [Audio]

A clip of an interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, author of “Why The Monkees Matter” from Zilch: A Monkee’s Podcast: Episode 48.

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Event: Dr. Rosanne Welch Moderates “Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers In Film, Tv And The Web” – Tue, November 29, 2016 – Writers Guild

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I’ll be moderating this panel at the Writers Guild. Hope to see you there!


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Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers In Film, Tv And The Web

As the landscape of storytelling on film, television and the web evolves and changes, more women are leading the charge in breaking down gender walls in the industry. Each has her own story and a perspective about the challenges that women face as writers and creators in the field.

The Writers Guild Foundation and Stage 32 are partnering on this special event, which invites writers to discuss their careers and their experiences working as a woman in the industry, from where they started and how they got their material noticed to what the future for women in media looks like and what inspires them to write every day.

Panelists:

  • Lauren Schuker Blum (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) 
  • Jessica Mecklenburg (STRANGER THINGS, BEING MARY JANE)
  • Deborah Schoeneman (HAND OF GOD, GIRLS, THE NEWSROOM)
  • Kirsten Smith (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, LEGALLY BLONDE)
  • More panelists to be announced. Stay tuned!

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm. A networking reception will follow directly after the panel from 9pm to 10pm.

Stage 32 is dedicated to educating and empowering creatives from all walks of life, and as a continued commitment, we will provide every attendee with a free Stage 32 Next Level webinar (a $49 value), to help sharpen your skills and pave your trail in the industry.

About Stage 32:

“Stage 32 is LinkedIn meets Lynda for film and TV creatives” – Forbes Magazine

Stage 32 is the online platform connecting and educating film and TV creatives worldwide. Stage 32 provides over 1,000 hours of online education taught by some of the industry’s most prominent development, executives, managers, agents and producers.

All events advertised on our “Events” page are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket – not just WGA members!

Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library and archive and other outreach programs

From the Index… The N’s – “Why The Monkees Matter”

Wonder what and who I mentioned in “Why The Monkees Matter”? Check out these index entries!

Naked City  16

NBC  2, 32, 45, 67, 90, 95, 100, 101, 102-103, 153

NCIS  119

Nelson, Ozzie  121

Nelson, Ricky  19, 121-122

Nephew, Neil  93, 97, 102-103

Nesmith, Michael  3, 6-7, 14, 21-22, 27-33, 35-40, 45, 50, 52, 55-56, 59-62, 65, 73-74, 76, 80, 84-85, 87-93, 96-99, 101-102, 104, 107, 111-112, 115, 117, 120-121, 123-125, 127-129, 132, 134, 136-143, 148-155

Nesmith, Phyllis  66, 141

Newhart, Bob  51

Newmar, Julie  60, 108

Nichols, Nichelle  68

Nicholson, Jack  24, 36

Nilsson, Harry  128

1984  114

Noone, Peter  128, 132

NOW, National Organization of Women  56

 
 

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More on Star Trek, Sex, and Race from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (0:46)

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“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016

Transcript:

They could not choose to kiss one another. It had to be a forced kiss. For the actors, who did not want to insult each other, because they did not want to look like they didn’t want to, they came at it from the attitude — ” I am — work for you — right, because he’s Captain Kirk and she’s the communications specialist. We shouldn’t be doing this because it’s not proper in our relationship as professionals.” So that’s how they came at it, not “we don’t want two people of different races kissing.” But that’s all the kind of stuff that’s being talked about in what you can’t do on television at this time.


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About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 34 in a series – On Feminism 2

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The majority of women on the program were in the age range of the lead characters so it is noticeable that the various young women the characters of Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter fall in love with are almost all feminists, defined by their interest in academia, their working for wages and the fact that they are active, not passive, in the various storylines in which they appear. 

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The majority of women on the program were in the age range of the lead characters so it is noticeable that the various young women the characters of Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter fall in love with are almost all feminists, defined by their interest in academia, their working for wages and the fact that they are active, not passive, in the various storylines in which they appear. 

More on Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (0:58)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Watch this entire presentation

More on Adapting The Godfather from A History of the Art of Adaptation

 

Transcript:

Here’s what changed. In the book, they mention the word mafia a couple of times. In the adaptation, originally, the script, they did as well, because that was the word that people understood. The Italian-American Civil Rights League — which really exists — they demanded that that word not be used or they would protest the existence of the film and they were not giantly powerful – they’re not really the NAACP here, but, you know, they were kind of loud-mouthed Italians and they really wanted things done their way. What’s funny about them is that Joe Columbo was the founder of the Italian-American Civil Rights League and he’s a mafia leader who ended up in jail, then became a state’s witness and he’s like a true mafiosi and he was insisting the mafia didn’t exist and so they couldn’t use that word in the movie. 

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

From the Index… The M’s – “Why The Monkees Matter”

Wonder what and who I mentioned in “Why The Monkees Matter”? Check out these index entries!

M*A*S*H  103

Mad Men  145

Maddow, Rachel  2, 41, 55

Madonna  149

Magnum P.I.  119

Malcolm in the Middle  82

Malcolm X  146

Mannheim, Karl  146

Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The  17-18

Marie, Rose  13, 20-21, 54, 63, 65, 77

Marlow, Christopher  29

Marshall, Penny  38

Marshall, Thurgood  70

Martel, Arlene  79

Martin, Dean  19, 100-101

Martin, Deana  63, 101

Martin, D’Urvilla  70

Marx Brothers, The  7, 142

Marx, Groucho  7, 123

Marx, Richard  131, 133-134,  150

“Mary, Mary”  138-139

Mary Poppins  78

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The  52-53, 96, 105, 107, 109-110

Masak, Ron  102

Mazursky, Paul  27, 44, 46, 57, 84, 86

McCartney, Paul  125

McCartney, Stella  55

McGee, Ron  122

McLuhan, Marshall  31

McGiveney, Owen  80

McGuinn, Jim  148

McGuinn, Roger  14, 34

McGuire, Barry  36

Meredith, Burgess  90

Metatextuality  2, 9, 21, 30, 34, 50, 74, 82, 84, 86-88, 91-95, 101, 112, 116, 118, 127

Meyerson, Peter  20, 29, 31, 37, 40, 49-51, 58, 63, 65, 77, 86-87, 89, 112, 125, 148

Micky, the Monkee; see also Dolenz, Micky

Mike, the Monkee; see also Nesmith, Michael

Mineo, Sal  13

Minions  145

Minow, Newton  90

Miracle Worker, The  18

Miss America  56

Mister Ed  8, 97

Mod Squad, The  50

Modern Folk Quartet, The  71

Moliere  82, 113

“Mommy and Daddy”  128

“Monkee Mayor”  38, 80, 98, 102, 117

“Monkee Mother”  13, 20-21, 39, 50, 54, 64

“Monkee See, Monkee Die”  113, 126

“Monkee vs Machine:  126, 135, 137

“Monkees Chow Mein”  38, 73, 75, 98-99, 114, 117

“Monkees Get Out More Dirt”  55, 60, 62, 87, 90, 108

“Monkees a la Carte”  21, 72-73, 88, 115

“Monkees a la Mode”  66, 116

“Monkees at the Circus”  73, 88, 127, 139

“Monkees at the Movies”  116, 132

“Monkees Blow Their Minds”  16, 37, 50, 90, 99, 148

“The Monkees Christmas Show”  71, 83, 117

“Monkees in a Ghost Town”  50, 55, 63, 73, 77, 87, 95, 115

“Monkees in Mexico”  110

“Monkees in Paris”  117-118

“Monkees in Texas”  115

“Monkees In The Ring”  39, 70, 73, 89, 116

“Monkees Manhattan Style”  116

“Monkees Marooned”  116

“Monkees Mind Their Manor”  35, 95, 100, 103, 136

“Monkees On The Wheel”  73, 91-92, 96-97

“Monkees On Tour”  117-118, 136

“The Monkee’s Paw”  21, 35, 37, 39, 99, 114, 126, 129

“Monkees Race Again”  88

“Monkees Watch Their Feet”  25, 96, 114

Monkeemobile  70, 94

Monkey Kingdom  145

“Monstrous Monkee Mash”  35, 38, 79, 87, 89, 92-93, 97, 102-103, 114, 138-139

Monterey Pop Festival  77

Morgan, Robin  56

MTV  2, 22, 41, 84-85, 106, 117, 128, 144, 151-152

Murray, Andy  151

Muppets Tonight  154-155

My Personal Penguin  133

My Three Sons  26, 128, 155

My Two Dads  155

 

 Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

  

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Treva Silverman and the Writer’s Room from An Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author of “Why The Monkees Matter” on the Zilch Podcast [Audio]

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Dr. Rosanne Welch with The Monkees, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, Family Arena, St. Louis, MO, November 5, 2016 [Photo]

Dr. Rosanne Welch with The Monkees, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, Family Arena, St. Louis, MO, November 5, 2016 [Photo]

(L-R) Peter Tork, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Micky Dolenz

I deeply appreciate folks like Sarah Clark and Ken Mills and Tom O’Keefe for inviting me into their pre-show photo op at Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Monkees Concert in St. Louis.

While I’ve always enjoyed The Monkees concerts (from my first in 1986 to those in the 90s, and 2013/14 and at the Pantages earlier this year) this one impressed me. Their level of showmanship, vocal and instrumental prowess and the overall sense of fun and brotherhood that emanated off the stage made it one to remember.