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Books to Film: July 2004

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Summer blockbusters are difficult to negotiate when you are a literary junky looking for interesting film adaptations.  But here are a few flicks coming down the pike this summer that will interest you.

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July 04, 2004

KING ARTHUR, staring Clive Owen (Croupier) and Keira Knightley is a gritty twist on the classic tale from Arthurian legend.  Stylized somewhere between Gladiator and Braveheart viewers will be taken back to the time between the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Get the jump on the history and the legend with Richard White's book which attempts to link historical mention of Arthur with the Latin Chronicles.  In theaters July 7th.

 

THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, fans of John Irving will immediately recognize this film title as the novel within the novel A Widow for a Year, Ballantine (1999). Ted Cole, (Jeff Bridges) against his wife Marian Cole, (Kim Bassinger) and their traumatised daughter Ruth (Ellen Fanning) who has a love affair with a summer student. Tod Williams directed the film and wrote the script.  In theaters July 14

A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, stars Colin Farrell and Robin Wright-Penn in this adaptation of Michael Cunningham's novel about family relationships and boyhood friendship. Other books by Michael Cunninghan: The Hours (Pulitzer Prize Winner 1999) In theaters July 23 

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep in this remake of the 1962 political thriller originally written by Richard Condon (who also wrote Prizzi's Honor) this time substitutes the Persian Gulf War for the Korean War.  Director Jonathan Demme also worked on Philadelphia with Denzel  In theaters July 30

 

 

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