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Books to Film: December

abstract:December is the month by which films must be released in order to qualify for Oscar consideration. Accordingly, launch dates have been delayed or rushed to coincide with this busy release season. The latest book-to-film adaptations include a few popular book group titles as well as some modern classics.

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November 10, 2003
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Nov 14th Release

Patrick O'Brian's nautical historical fiction series "Master and Commander" includes his tenth novel, The Far Side of the World. This title has been adapted by director Peter Weir and British novelist John Collee. The film stars Russell Crow as Jack AubreyŚ the Navy's greatest fighting captain on a British frigate during the Napoleanic Wars, and follows his high-sea adventures.

 

Nov 19th Release

The Missing is based on the novel by Tom Eidson, and has been adapted into a film directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind). Starring Cate Blanchette, Tommy Lee Jones, and Evan Rachel Wood, the story is about a father who tries to make peace with his daughter who he had abandoned decades previously. They find themselves involved in tracking missing girls captured by a witch.

 

Dec 12th Release

The Girl With the Pearl Earring, written by Tracy Chevalier, is the popular historical fiction (#1 Readinggroupchoices Selection 2003) title inspired by the anonymous girl in a painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Set in17th-century Holland, the film speculates on the relationship between Griet (Scarlett Johansson), the 16-year-old house maid who is hired to work for the painter Vermeer (Colin Firth) and his family. She becomes his studio assistant, model, and lover. Directed by Peter Webber.

 

Dec 17th Release

The third novel of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, will complete Peter Jackson's ambitious adaptation of the series. Running time is a whopping 210 minutes.

 

Dec 25th Release  

Another adaptation of J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan  will be in theaters for Christmas, this time starring Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan, Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook, Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy, and Lynn Redgraves as Aunt Millicent. Directed by P.J. Hogan.

 

Cold Mountain written by Charles Frazier and winner of the National Book Award, has been adapted and directed by Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley, The English Patient). The film stars Jude Law (Inman), Nicole Kidman (Ada), Renee Zellweger. Set in the final days of the Civil War a left-for-dead soldier gets up and begins the long hard walk to his home in North Carolina on Cold Mountain where his sweetheart is waiting. 

 

Why not treat yourself this holiday season? Invite your group on a field trip to the movies to view a book you enjoyed reading and discussing! 

 

 

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