Film adaptations.

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    Jul 11, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    When it comes to film adaptations, quite often the general consensus is that the adaptation ends up being a failed attempt. Do you have any films in mind that you would consider an excellent adaptation?

    Here are my favourites:

    Iain Softley's 'The wings of the dove'
    Adapted from Henry James' novel of the same name
    Screenplay by Hossein Amini.

    Karel Reisz's 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'
    Adapted from John Fowles' novel of the same name.
    Screenplay by Harold Pinter.
  • gumbosolo

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    Jul 11, 2008 6:21 PM GMT
    Going into animation-land, I think Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" is a huge improvement on the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.
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    Jul 11, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    Loved Sam Peckinpah's version of Jim Thomson's "The Getaway."
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    Jul 11, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    'The Bicentennial Man' from the short story by Isaac Asimov
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    Jul 11, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Sedative said'The Bicentennial Man' from the short story by Isaac Asimov


    I love Asimov. I think they should try and adapt his Foundation series. Maybe it will work better as a television series.
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    Jul 11, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    The only two adaptations that I've liked as much as the book have been "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Like Water for Chocolate."
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    Jul 11, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    The most successful film adaptation that I've ever seen is for The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
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    Jul 11, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    closetsinger said
    Sedative said'The Bicentennial Man' from the short story by Isaac Asimov


    I love Asimov. I think they should try and adapt his Foundation series. Maybe it will work better as a television series.


    I-Robot and A.I. were Asimov rip-offs I think. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 11, 2008 8:39 PM GMT
    'Wit' is pretty well-adapted.

    And so fucking good.
  • Barricade

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    Jul 11, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    Lord of the rings trilogy was good. As was The Color Purple.
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    Jul 12, 2008 12:04 AM GMT
    closetsinger said

    I love Asimov. I think they should try and adapt his Foundation series. Maybe it will work better as a television series.


    This is already in preproduction.



    The two adaptations that I've liked as much as the book have been "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Lord of the Rings trilogy".
    Close seconds would be "Rebecca" and "Planet of the Apes".
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:24 AM GMT
    allgoodinhwood saidThe only two adaptations that I've liked as much as the book have been "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Like Water for Chocolate".


    Barricade saidThe "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was good. As was "The Color Purple".


    I whole heartedly agree with both of you. Four of my all time top 20 favorite movies ever.
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    John Huston's last film was a short and subtle piece called The Dead: an adaptation of the short story by James Joyce from his book Dubliners. Huston did an amazing job of capturing Joyce's stream of consciousness writing style through a sort of stream of consciousness camera style. The film was made in 1987, and it's been a long, long time since I last saw it... but mentioning it here reminds me that it's time to see it again.
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    And of course Spike Jonze's Adaptation, based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, was incredibly clever.
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    The Stunt Man. One of my favorite films that has more of the comedy and psychological drama than the novel ever did.
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    Jul 12, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    Though I gave up after a few chapters into the book, I really liked the 1995 movie adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.

    The Earthsea trilogy TV adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's book was mediocre, but nice, I guess.

    Johnny Mnemonic - awesome. I really wish they would make movies for the rest of William Gibson's works like Neuromancer, The Difference Engine, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Count Zero. I even believe that Ghost In The Shell and The Matrix were inspired by his works. He's one of the best writers in the Cyberpunk genre.

    Crichton films:

    Jurassic Park - was awesome... for its time. icon_razz.gif

    Congo - meh

    Sphere - awesome, though I liked the book better.

    The Andromeda Strain - hated the book, haven't seen the movie. Heh


  • Timbales

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    Jul 12, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    Silence of the Lambs was a much better movie than novel.
  • groundcombat

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    Jul 12, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    I recently saw The Kite Runner and I thought it was a beautiful adaptation.

    I also think the entire Harry Potter series has been done well to date, particularly Prisoner of Azkaban and on.

    On the other hand, The DaVinci Code was one of the more disappointing. Among other issues, this was clearly an instance of trying to fit too much in too little.

    Although not a movie, the musical Wicked was a breath of fresh air after drugging through the book. I will admit, however, that the musical's plot would not translate very well to text.
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    Jul 12, 2008 6:29 PM GMT

    I-Robot and A.I. were Asimov rip-offs I think. icon_confused.gif[/quote]

    I think A.I is inspired by one of Brian Aldiss' works.
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    Jul 12, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    Has anyone seen the adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's 'The line of beauty?' Loved the book.
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    Jul 12, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    And, here we go...

    Recently, the Coen Bros. gave us "No Country For Old Men", which effectively captured the sentence fragment grace of Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name.

    And though not a flat out adaptation, Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" explored Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" with a fine edged comb. Day-Lewis and the rest of the cast were remarkable, and Johnny Greenwood's score is a Bernard Herrman-esque fantasy. Great film.

    Spielberg's already been mentioned a few times, with Chriton's "Jurassic Park" and Morrison's "Color Purple", but no one has mentioned one of Steve's crowning moments, his big screen adaptation of Peter Benchley's "Jaws". Benchley's book floats in the water, but Spielberg crafted a stunning, edge-of-your-seat terror tour de force. Possibly the first blockbuster, "Jaws" changed the way Hollywood developed and marketed films (for better or worse), and is easily on of the best films ever made. There's almost no doubt about that.

    And as far as horror is concerned, Hitchcock's "Psycho" is a lot more thrilling and suspenseful than Robert Bloch's novel of the same name. 48 years later, "Psycho" is still a chilling look into the mind of a madman. If you get the chance to see it on the silver screen, you won't regret it. Trust me on this one.

    I'm surprised no one's mentioned Ang Lee's mastery of Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain". I felt he did an incredible job of translating the novella nearly word-for-word, image-by-image. And it still makes me cry like a little bitch.
  • Salubrious

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    Jul 15, 2008 1:08 PM GMT
    london_nyc said'Wit' is pretty well-adapted.

    And so fucking good.


    That movie makes me cry every time I see it.

    For other adaptations, Clueless is a pretty good (loose) adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma and Kurosawa's Ran and Throne of Blood are amazing (Macbeth and Hamlet, respectively)
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    Jul 15, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    Neil Gaiman's Stardust
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    Jul 16, 2008 10:50 AM GMT
    "The English Patient" is one of my favourite films. I read the book by Michael Ondaatje afterwords and it was obtuse to say the least. The film was more enjoyable.

    Although I loved the "Lord The Rings" movies, the books were still better, the movies had to cut out some of my favourite parts due to length restrictions.

    I have never read "The Hours" but I loved the movie. I read "A Home At The End of The World" which I loved, and now I have rented the movie. It will be interesting to see what it is like.
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    Jul 16, 2008 10:58 AM GMT
    Anyone else seen "Mother Night" from the book by Vonnegut?