Friday, February 02, 2007

Literary Filming


I've seen two movies based on novels: Children of Men by PD James and Notes of a Scandal by Zoe Heller. I thoroughly enjoyed both, which actually surprised me. I guess I'm used to thinking that movies based on books usually stink. Then I realised that these two movies were made by the British. I wondered: do the British have better respect for the novel and carefully translate it better to the screen?

3 comments:

Jason Phoon said...

I'll remember to check that movie out.

Just wondering, are authors writing books in a certain way , hoping it will turn into motion picture ?

hmmm ...

Liz said...

Absolutely agree on Notes of a Scandal. Loved that film and the book. I think too many screenwriters and directors are too busy trying to make the film "theirs" instead of just honoring the vision of the author. Hope this doesn't happen with The Namesake.

Don Cummings said...

The British are just better.
French movies, too...tend to be smart.

Based on anything at all. One can't bear American culture---yet here we are.