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Books to Film: June 2003

abstract:With summer approaching, Hollywood blockbusters are dominating the theaters. Still, the savvy viewer can find some worthwhile literary films.

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May 20, 2003
— British author Rosemand Lehmann's novel, The Echoing Grove, has been made into a film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany.  Set in 1930s London, it's about a man who has an affair with his wife's sister, strangely bringing the two women closer together.  The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 13.  Note: the novel is out-of-print in the U.S., but is available in the United Kingdom.

 

Dostoyevsky's The Gambler has been updated to the present day in a new movie titled Alex and Emma. It stars Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson with Sophie Marceau and David Paymer, and is directed by Rob Reiner, well-known for such movies as The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally.  Alex is a novelist who has a problem with gambling.  In order to pay off his debts, he takes a high advance on a new novel that he has to write in 30 days or his publisher will own his work for life.  To help him meet the deadline, Alex hires an assistant with whom he falls in love.  The film opens on June 20.

 

Also of interest:

If you loved Frank Herbert's Dune, then the release of  the SciFi Channel's Children of Dune on DVD is an opportunity to revisit the entire triology.  The Children of Dune cable series was actually based on Books 2 (Dune Messiah) and 3 (Children of Dune) of the Dune triology , and stars Susan Sarandon and Alice Krige. 

 

 

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