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May 10, 2013 - 9:00 am

4.The Adaptation the Author Hated: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I can’t think of better proof that a movie’s faithfulness to the book means nothing about its quality. Truman Capote, author of the original short story “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” originally wanted Marilyn Monroe cast as Holly Golightly, and famously ranted when he heard that Audrey Hepburn was cast instead: “Paramount has double-crossed me in every way.” The movie, which catapulted Hepburn from screen darling to enduring style icon, also abandoned the second half of Capote’s plot.

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How about Forrest Gump?

A conservative-hating book becomes a conservative love-letter when put to screen.
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Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Of the above 5, I would pick Oh Brother.
49 weeks ago
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The Tempest/Forbidden Planet.
49 weeks ago
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"Under the Greenwood Tree" starring Keeley Hawes.

I'm a huge Thomas Hardy fan, and I usually get all cranky when screenwriters and directors make massive changes, but that is one seriously beautiful movie! I recently re-read the book and it stank up the room. Horrid plot. Cardboard characters. Very bad book! Very good film!
49 weeks ago
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I like Keeley. I'll have to check that out.
49 weeks ago
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you didn't include "lonely are the brave / the brave cowboy"
49 weeks ago
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The biggest improvement in moving from book to screen I've ever seen was the way in which (Director) Van Dyke and (Writers) Hackett & Goodrich took Hammet's dreary, depressing, overlong "The Thin Man" and turned into one of the very best movies ever made.

Hey, and where's "Clueless," the best modern updating of any 19th century classic ever?
49 weeks ago
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Heinlein's "Puppet Masters" came across in film very well indeed.
49 weeks ago
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Cold Mountain. Maybe the only time I've ever thought a movie better than the book it was based on.
49 weeks ago
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I've seen that movie. If that was better, how could anyone stand the novel?
49 weeks ago
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Walter Hill's The Warriors was an adaption of Xenophon's Anabasis. Can you dig it?

49 weeks ago
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Ok, I remember the sirens, but who was the cyclops and the hydra? (it's been a while and I'm pretty dumb).
49 weeks ago
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John Goodman was the Cyclops. The Hydra wasn't in the Odyssey. That's Hercules.
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