The Human Stain
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth’s best-selling novel, THE HUMAN STAIN is the story of Coleman Silk, who throughout his life has been a master of deception and self-reinvention. As a promising college student Coleman’s first love, Steena is shattered by a secret. Years later, as an esteemed professor, his career is ruined by false accusations. Now, as he embarks on a scandalous affair with the mysterious Faunia, Coleman experiences an erotic reawakening that carries him back to the past. But with his resurrected passion also comes the threat of danger from Faunia’s ex-husband, and Coleman is faced with the imperative to expose his true identity before it is too late.
Set in 1998, when the nation was immersed in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, THE HUMAN STAIN is a journey of ambition, individualism, deceit and the yearning for love, which probes the roles of identity and independence, race and prejudice, brutality and tenderness in the shaping of the American psyche.
Robert Benton (b. 1932) won his first Oscars for writing and directing KRAMER VS KRAMER. He subsequently won an Oscar for his original screenplay PLACES IN THE HEART (1984) which also earned him a best director nomination. His writing has earned two other Academy Award nominations, for THE LATE SHOW (1977) and NOBODY'S FOOL both (1994) of which he directed, as well. Benton’s auspicious entry into the film business came as co-writer, with David Newman, of the screenplay for the 1967 classic BONNIE AND CLYDE. Other films Benton has directed include: STILL OF THE NIGHT (1982), NADINE (1987), BILLY BATHGATE (1991), TWILIGHT (1998).