Thursday, April 20, 2006

film as literature

that's the name of a course i took as an undergrad where we'd first read a book and then see the movie made from it. this is also highly applicable to this list of the Guardian's top 50 fifty films made from books. Jolie just posted this list, marking which books she'd read and which movies she'd seen (as did those before her). in the spirit of my own lack of originality, i will do the same.

  1. 1984
  2. [B/M]Alice in Wonderland
  3. [B/M]American Psycho
  4. [M]Breakfast at Tiffany's
  5. Brighton Rock
  6. Catch 22
  7. [M]Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  8. A Clockwork Orange
  9. Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain)
  10. The Day of the Triffids
  11. Devil in a Blue Dress
  12. [B/m*]Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption)
  13. [m (again, i've not watched the whole movie]Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner)
  14. Doctor Zhivago
  15. Empire of the Sun
  16. The English Patient
  17. [M]Fight Club
  18. The French Lieutenant's Woman
  19. [M]Get Shorty
  20. [M]The Godfather
  21. [M]Goldfinger
  22. [M]Goodfellas
  23. [BM]Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)
  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  25. [M]Jaws
  26. [M]The Jungle Book
  27. A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)
  28. [M]LA Confidential
  29. [M]Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  30. Lolita
  31. [BM]Lord of the Flies
  32. The Maltese Falcon
  33. [M]Oliver Twist
  34. [P**]One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  35. Orlando
  36. The Outsiders
  37. Pride and Prejudice
  38. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  39. The Railway Children
  40. Rebecca
  41. The Remains of the Day
  42. Schindler's Ark (aka Schindler's List)
  43. Sin City
  44. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  45. [M]The Talented Mr Ripley
  46. [B]Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  47. To Kill a Mockingbird
  48. [M]Trainspotting
  49. [M]The Vanishing
  50. Watership Down

* this gets a little "m" because i have only watched part of the movie. although Thurston's parents have this movie at their house, taped off the TV and labeled "Shamshank Penitentiary". classic!

** T and i saw this play in London, with Christian Slater as the poor man's Jack Nicholson.


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