Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday: Hollywood Version
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations
Movies usually ruin a good book, but here are ten movies I loved nearly as much as (or more than) the original books.
1. The Birds, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier. The film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is absolutely brilliant. Tippi Hedren plays a spoiled socialite with underlying psychological issues. Scary and stylish.
2. Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier. This novel by du Maurier. Again, Hitchcock directs this 1940 black and white film starring Joan Fontaine, who is perfect in the title role. Also starring Laurence Olivier, and Judith Anderson as the creepy Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca the film is a moody psychological thriller.
3. To Have and to Have Not by Ernest Hemingway. Who cares about the book? The plot was dramatically altered. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are magnetic in this black and white film. Bacall was only nineteen years old, and the chemistry between her and Bogart is palpable. Howard Hawks directed, William Faulkner wrote the screenplay. Hoagy Carmichael plays the piano, Bacall sings, the whole thing is just sexy.
4. Howards End, by E.M. Forster. A Merchant Ivory production, this film features superb acting by Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson,Helena Bonham Carter and Anthony Hopkins.
5. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton. Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder star, with Martin Scorsese. One of the few films with extensive voice over that actually works. Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder are perfectly cast.
6. Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnheim. The beauty of this film is breathtaking.Pretty people falling in love in a stupendously beautiful landscape. Lovely.
7. Bright Star, based on the poems and letters of John Keats. Letters and poems are woven into the dialogue of this Jane Campion film which tells the story of the love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Ben Wishaw is feisty and adorable as the poet, and he recites the poetry of Keats most swoonably.
8. A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster.Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, and Daniel Day-Lewis star in another Merchant Ivory film.
9. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. The book does nothing for me, but I loved Daniel Day-Lewis running through the forest in buckskins, his long hair streaming behind him. Sexy Native Americans and evil soldiers.
10. Bride and Prejudice. Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.This fun film melds Hollywood and Bollywood. Starring India's biggest Bollywood star, Aishwarya Rai. My favorite scene in the movie is a dance number at a wedding where Naveen Andrews gets to show his sense of humor and his dance skills.
I bet you can think of at least ten movie adaptations of books that you really love. Name one.