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billyweeds
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:04 pm Reply with quote
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Earl wrote:
bocce wrote:
i'd bet that almost every member has a favorite author who'se been translated to film...

shakespeare...


I'd be all for including Shakespeare in the discussion, but DL's specs were adaptations from books, not plays, and DL's the boss of this thread.


Ahem, excuse me, but not only did DL specify novels, but a forum on adaptation that includes Shakespeare is counterproductive to the idea, I believe. Shakespearean adaptations are a genre unto themselves. This forum is potentially inchoate enough already without adding Avon to the mix.
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lady wakasa
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:14 pm Reply with quote
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To throw this out there:

- Nosferatu, and there was a lawsuit to boot ('cause Murnau didn't get permission).
- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- The Young Rajah
- The Birth of a Nation
- King of Kings
- The Egyptian
- A bunch of Kurosawa
- Kwaidan
- The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
- Blade Runner
- Less Than Zero
- American Psycho
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The Color Purple
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back
- The Joy Luck Club

This could be a looooong list.
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bocce
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:15 pm Reply with quote
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okay, okay...

i get the point, sheesh...
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bocce
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:21 pm Reply with quote
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lady wakasa wrote:
To throw this out there:
-- A bunch of Kurosawa


not to get all billyweeds on your ass, but two of kurosawa's main films were shakespeare adaptations...
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mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:50 pm Reply with quote
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How could I forget BUKOWSKI?
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marantzo
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:59 pm Reply with quote
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Here we go again, a merry-go-round of endless suggestions. It's rather baroque.
mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:34 pm Reply with quote
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marantzo wrote:
Here we go again, a merry-go-round of endless suggestions. It's rather baroque.


So piss or get off the pot. (Back to the curmudgeon persona, I see.)

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mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:41 pm Reply with quote
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Is anyone else worried about what using the term "The Juice" will do to us --

I have visions of O.J. lurking on our forum.

Shocked
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Nancy
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:27 pm Reply with quote
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Yambu's mention of Pride and Prejudice got me to thinking....last year's version certainly had its merits. Darcy was much less wooden than usual, and Brenda Blethyn made the best Mrs. Bennett I've ever seen. However, I thought Keira Knightley was way too giggly, and the film as a whole was a bit too modern for my taste. By that I mean, the characters are shown behaving in ways that they just wouldn't for that period, including wandering around in various states of undress, particularly around members of the opposite sex that one is not related or married to. Not in Jane Austen, folks, at least not that I recall. And didn't Bingley have two sisters (both acid-tongued bitches) in the book? I don't know why so many versions cut them down to one. I did think they did a good job with Mr. Collins; they got him right. A bit repellent, and not that likeable, but not that bad a guy either -- if only he could have gotten over that hero worship of Lady Catherine. BTW, has anyone seen Bride and Prejudice? I thought it was a pretty good adaptation/update of the story.

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mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:49 pm Reply with quote
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Novels...the Brontes...I shudder...or do I grow moist at the thought of all those Heathcliffs?

So many Heathcliffs, so little time.

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mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:54 pm Reply with quote
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Re: Jane Austen.

Don't forget that CLUELESS was based on Austen's EMMA.
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Nancy
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:31 pm Reply with quote
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mo_flixx wrote:
Re: Jane Austen.

Don't forget that CLUELESS was based on Austen's EMMA.


True. That was a fun movie.

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Nancy
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:44 pm Reply with quote
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lady w,

I can see a problem with one of the films on your list. It's my understanding that The Young Rajah has not survived, making it a little difficult to see and discuss it. (Though we could look at stills and discuss the size of those pearls!) I do need to look up the source material for this film; it must be an interesting book.

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mo_flixx
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:56 pm Reply with quote
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Nancy wrote:
lady w,

I can see a problem with one of the films on your list. It's my understanding that The Young Rajah has not survived, making it a little difficult to see and discuss it. (Though we could look at stills and discuss the size of those pearls!) I do need to look up the source material for this film; it must be an interesting book.


I am on my way to the imdb.com to check out this film. Please, please tell me more about it. This sounds like a movie I would love to see.
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lshap
Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:28 pm Reply with quote
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Last year's Pride & Prejudice was one of the best films I've seen in ages. The adaptation, the cast, the photography, the music, the editing - more or less everything - was deftly folded into a near-perfect two hour film. Its only fault - not really a fault at all - is that the story is so mired in early 19th century mindsets that it lacks the gravitas of 2005's more controversial films.

Keira Knightley deserves her Oscar nomination, just as she deserves a Blanche nod as well.

As to this:

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I've rented Polanski's Oliver Twist. Any good?


Oliver Twist was a solid, brick coloured recreation of a classic tale, with a fine cast and some terrific directing by Polanski. It would be considered the definitive adaptation if the Dickens story hadn't already been done with superior flourish, set design, acting and a great soundtrack back in 1968.
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