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pedln

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Re: Movies & Books Into Movies
« Reply #4160 on: April 19, 2016, 09:30:49 PM »
How many of you have read a book,
then watched a movie that was based on that same book?

Were you disappointed?
Or elated that they hadn't made any significant changes?
Or even surprised to discover the movie was even better than the book?



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Oh Barb, I  can remember a teachers' room when teaching at an English speaking school in Puerto Rico.  One of our teachers, a Gringo (from the US) was telling that she was getting her tubes tied.  Her husband had already signed the papers, giving his permission for the procedure.

Aren't we glad things have changed.

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« Reply #4161 on: May 17, 2016, 10:37:30 PM »
A new Jane Austen movie is just coming out--Love and Friendship.  It's based on Lady Susan, a novel left in its early embryonic form and not published by Austen.  It sounds like it will be a good job; the director, Whit Stllman, is an Austen nut, which is what you need to do it right.

It's one of those limited release films.  It's opening here Friday, but I haven't figured out where.

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« Reply #4162 on: May 21, 2016, 06:21:08 PM »
After you find it Pat, let us know how you like it.

Limited release?  Do they make DVDs of them, eventually?

Has anyone seen Brooklyn, based on the Colm Toibin novel?  I just finished the book, set in Brooklyn and in Ireland, and liked it, the first I've read by that author.  His Nora Webster has been sitting on my bookshelf, waiting.  I hope to watch the Brooklyn DVD sometime this week.

I hate to confess, all this political stuff on TV has really cut into my reading and sensible viewing time.

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« Reply #4163 on: May 21, 2016, 08:16:26 PM »
It's showing here at some of the artier movie complexes, including one that I can easily get to by public transportation (I've stopped driving) but I won't be able to go until sometime next week.  I'll definitely give a review after seeing it, and I'm sure it will come out on DVD.

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« Reply #4164 on: May 22, 2016, 03:28:27 PM »
I read Brooklyn this winter and enjoyed it. I heard there was a movie, but I'll wait.

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« Reply #4165 on: May 22, 2016, 07:57:19 PM »
I watched the movie Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago on our local cable television station.  Since I haven't read the book, I don't know how the two compare.  I enjoyed the movie.

The book Nora Webster was mentioned above.  I read it some time ago, and it really stayed with me.  At the time I read it, I thought it was an honest portrayal of a not especially likeable  character.  In my opinion his writing is lovely.

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« Reply #4166 on: May 28, 2016, 07:58:51 PM »
I don't think this was a book first, but a play.  I'd never heard of "My Old Lady" (2014) with Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas.  I picked the DVD up at the library because of the cast.  An excellent, offbeat movie.  Check it out.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2908856/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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« Reply #4167 on: June 27, 2016, 02:47:17 PM »
I have been watching some interesting docudramas recently, on netflix and amazon.....Spotlight,(RC exposure in Boston) Conspiracy (Nazi final solution meeting with Branigan et al) and Edgar,(Hoover....with Judy Dench as his Mom, one felt rather sorry for him!)........also watched Marseilles....not really good but I enjoyed the French (with subtitles of-course!) and Deperedeau (?) stole the show, worth seeing for him.....

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« Reply #4168 on: June 28, 2016, 01:41:51 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation of MY OLD LADY, maryz. I got it from my library and I too found it an interesting quirky film with a great cast.

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« Reply #4169 on: June 28, 2016, 06:00:27 PM »
I watched Spotlight on Netflix last night---an excellent film.  I also watched Hoover.  Thought it was well done.

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« Reply #4170 on: June 28, 2016, 07:37:54 PM »
Weren't they both? So I bet you might like Conspiracy too, it's on amazon prime.

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« Reply #4171 on: July 15, 2016, 12:07:03 PM »
 Darn, I could not find the film Spotlight on Netflix.  All they had were some old Loony Tunes cartoons grouped under that name.

I watched the Stepford Wives last night on the Turner old movies channel..  Had seen it before but had forgotten how scary it was.  Now I want to read some of Ira Levin's books.  Have ordered his This Perfect Day, which looks like a good sci-fi story. Am surprised it was never made into a movie as so many of his other books have been (Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying).

Marj
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« Reply #4172 on: July 15, 2016, 12:34:17 PM »
I watched Spotlight on DVD, checked out from my library.  Excellent movie - tough story.
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« Reply #4173 on: August 08, 2016, 04:38:12 PM »
I attend the OLDER, WISER, LEARNING Classes every October in my retirement village, often taught by OSU  professors.  I will be listening when a professor in art history and world cinema teaches a course in BOOKS MORPHED INTO MOVIES.  The books include, but not limited to, the Legends of the Fall, The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dr. Zhivago.  To be discussed -

[How can we describe the relationship between literature and cinema.  Is cinema dependent on literature for its effect.

Is literature enhanced in any way through film adaptations?

Can novels be adequately transferred to the screen?

Why do many of us believe that a film does or does not live up to its literary progenitor?

Can a film adaptation of a  particular novel be more successful than the novel in telling its story?

What exactly are the differences between reading a story and watching a movie











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« Reply #4174 on: August 08, 2016, 08:32:20 PM »
Ella,  how interesting!   I know how I would answer the questions!

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« Reply #4175 on: August 09, 2016, 12:17:09 PM »
I, just by chance, saw "Infamous", on tv over the weekend. Its the story of Truman Capote's writing on In Cold Blood. It got "lost" because it was made at the same time as "Capote" and came out after Capote. I thought Toby Jones did a much better Capote than Phillip Seymour Hoffman who won the Oscar for his portrayal.

It also had Sigourney Weaver as Babe Paley and Sandra Bollock as Nelle Harper Lee. I thought it was very good.

Jean

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« Reply #4176 on: August 15, 2016, 06:46:18 AM »
I also posted this to the non-fiction site.

This book will be released at the beginning of September. I look forward to reading it or watching the movie to be released in January 2017.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race  – September 6, 2016
by Margot Lee Shetterly (Author) http://margotleeshetterly.com/hidden-figures-nasas-african-american-computers/


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« Reply #4177 on: August 31, 2016, 12:26:37 PM »
Jean, I'd like to see Infamous.  Do you know if it's On Demand?  I've not had my current cable/TV set up for long, and am not adept at finding titles.

Coming this Friday -- a film I hope will prove to be excellent, as the book was great -- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Set on the Australian coast during post WWI. Good people making bad decisions.  I have to wait for a subtitled DVD, but look forward to your comments if you see it.


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« Reply #4178 on: August 31, 2016, 04:16:02 PM »
"The Light between the Oceans " I read the book last month and enjoyed. Would now like to watch a DVD of it. Not seen if it is out yet.

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« Reply #4179 on: September 01, 2016, 12:07:04 PM »
It hasn't even opened in theatres yet.   This Friday, I think.  Long time for DVD to come out.
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« Reply #4180 on: September 18, 2016, 02:04:49 PM »
Your class sounds SO interesting, Ella - I would love to learn more about all of those things.

MaryZ - I saw Spotlight at the cinema - brilliant film, certainly deserved all the awards it won. I was impressed by how it stuck to the journalists' story, and didn't just throw sensationalist footage at us.

Rosemary

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« Reply #4181 on: November 20, 2016, 05:31:43 AM »
I watched the PBS-So.Cal film documentaru.(here in Southern California) today.  The title is Plymouth; American Experience.    My son was watching it and called me to see it, so I only got to watch about half of it.  They are going to show it again tomorrow on their internet website, and also on Friday after Thanksgiving, I believe, so I will get to watch all of it.  Just wonderful, but very sad how so many of the original Mayflower passengers who got here in the winter when it was so cold, and many of them were already sick from the long sea voyage.  Over half of them died during their first couple of months here; at one time two or three were dying each day.  They buried their dead at night, so an Indian tribe would not know they were losing so many of their group.  William Bradford's manuscript was shown as they narrated what happened; he kept a diary of everything that happened.  His wife fell (or maybe jumped overboard  from the Mayflower as it was moored off shore and she died from drowning.  I guess people are still uncertain if it was an accident or if she committed suicide (altho' they were very religious and suicide was not condoned.  If you get a chance, watch it.  It is very different history from what I had always heard, and a fascinating account.

Marj
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« Reply #4182 on: January 03, 2017, 12:47:18 PM »
I am not sure if this has already been discussed, but this week we finally saw 'A United Kingdom' the film based on the life of the first president of Botswana Seretse Kharma and his English wife Ruth Williams.

I did not really know anything about this story beforehand, but my mother remembers the events surrounding Seretse and Ruth's marriage very clearly (especially as Ruth was born in Eltham, a part of south London where my mother grew up). Their union caused a major political incident in both countries, and huge pressure was brought to bear on both of them not to go ahead with the wedding - but go ahead they did, and they lived happily together in Botswana until their deaths.

The film is wonderful, both in its depiction of Seretse and Ruth's relationship and in its revelation of the politics and prejudices of the time. Ruth Williams was just an office worker from London, yet she made the huge transition to living in a fledgling - and very poor - African country, even having her first child there with the assistance of local midwives rather than travelling to S Africa to be cared for by white doctors, as recommended by the ghastly diplomatic wives of the colonial service). Seretse was from a royal tribe that had previously sought the protection of the UK to avoid being annexed by South Africa - but he made a stand against the British government and led his country to independence in the face of South Africa's concurrent introduction of apartheid. Both Seretse and Ruth (eventually - at first the people were appalled at their future king bringing a white woman home) were adored by the Botswana people. It was especially interesting to learn so much about the birth of this country after reading and seeing the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which is of course fiction but which (perhaps especially in the TV series) shows so much of Botswana's beautiful countryside and wildlife.

The acting in the film is outstanding - Rosamund Pike is brilliant as Ruth, a woman who knows her own mind and is prepared to do anything to stay with the man she loves, and David Oyelowo is fantastic as Seretse, a man with fierce loyalty to his people and a determination to take them into independence as an open, peaceful and unsegregated nation.

It's also both interesting and shocking (though why i should be shocked I do wonder) to see how badly the UK government behaved to get its own way; the double-dealing and lies were appalling, as were the snobbishness, greed (they wanted S Africa's - and later Botswana's - vast mineral resources, so did not want to upset S Africa) and self-importance of some of the politicians involved. Some of course were better and helped Seretse to win through - notably Tony Wedgewood Benn.

Highly recommended if you have the chance to see it.

Rosemary