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Books to Film: September 2002


Read the book! Watch the movie! Current and upcoming films based on books.


September 27, 2002

Since filmmakers first started making movies, they have used books as souce materials. Just look at three movies that appeared in 1939: Wuthering Heights, Gone with the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz, all great examples.


We think that it can be itneresting to read the book, and then see the filom and discuss how the book was adapted. People often say, 'the film isn't as good as the book,' but it's like comparing apples and oranges. Instead, see if the book works as a book,and the film works as a film—each has different criteria to be successful. Consider these points: What was left out of the film? How has the film changed the narrative, the characters, the setting? Why do you think the filmmakers chose the book in the first place?


Each month we feature books that are about to be released as films. We'll also introduce you to some forgotten  favorites and classics.


Current Films

The Four Features, starring Heath Ledger, directed by Shehkar Kapur from the classic adventure story by A.E.W.  Mason.  The book has been filmed six times before—you might consider comparing the adaptations! 


Possession, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, directed by Neil LaBute from the romantic, historical mystery novel by A.S. Byatt.


Pantaleon y la Visitadoras, a Spanish-language film based on the book by acclaimed author Mario Vargas Llosa.



Coming Attractions

Red Dragon, Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as Hannibal Lecter, based on the book by Thomas Harris.  Film released October 4.


The Rules of Attraction, a new film based on the book by Brett Easton Ellis.  Filmed released October 11.


The Quiet American, a new film adaptation by Philip Noyce, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Totally worth reading.




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