From Novel to Film: Four Screen Adaptations of Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” from 1915 to 1993

| Written by J. Mikhail Solitario

The Pelikula Lektura: UP Film Institute Philippine Cinema Centennial Lecture Series supported by the Film Development Council of the Philippines continues with a founding member and former chair of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson — March 25, 2019 (Monday) 10 AM at the UPFI Media Center Film Studio, UP Diliman.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

For interested participants, you may register at tinyurl.com/PelikulaLekturaDocNicT.

LECTURE TITLE

From Novel to Film: Four Screen Adaptations of Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” from 1915 to 1993

ABSTRACT

The lecture is a preliminary comparison of the different ways in which Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” (1887) was adapted for the screen by Edward Gross (1915), Jose Nepomuceno (1930), Gerardo de Leon (1961), and Eddie Romero (1993). It specifically looks into how the dominant technology for filmmaking, cinematic conventions, producer expectations, and the meaning of and attitude toward nationalism and Rizal during the years when the adaptations were made, helped to shape these four distinct filmic interpretations of the country’s foremost literary classic.

BIO

Professor emeritus Nicanor G. Tiongson, scholar, critic, playwright, and cultural administrator, is the author of “The Cinema of Manuel Conde” (2008) and editor of the four volumes of “The Urian Anthology”, covering four decades in the development of Philippine cinema from 1970 to 2009. He has published pioneering books on the Philippine komedya, sinakulo, and sarsuwela, and is editor-in-chief of the two editions (1994 and 2017) of the multivolume “CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art.” He wrote and line produced Sari and Kiri Dalena’s “Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos” (2014), based on his book “The Women of Malolos” (2004). He is a founding member and former chair of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and served as a member of the MTRCB board in 1998-2000 and briefly as chair in 2001. He was vice-president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1986-1994.

The Pelikula Lektura: UPFI Philippine Cinema Centennial Lecture Series aims to highlight key historical events and phenomena in Philippine cinema in the last 100 years and reflect upon what history can teach us for the next 100 years of our journey. The lectures will be presented by the leading scholars and respected critics & artists in the roster of the UPFI faculty and lecturers.

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