Friday, June 02, 2006

Books adapted to film

A month ago, The Guardian asked its readers to vote for the best ever film made from a novel. The results, published in today's paper, are as follows:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Robert Mulligan (1962)
Adapted by Horton Foote from Harper Lee's 1960 novel

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman (1975)
Adapted by Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben from the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey

3. Blade Runner
Ridley Scott (1982)
Adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples from the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

4. The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
Adapted by Mario Puzo from his 1969 novel

5. The Remains of the Day
James Ivory (1993)
Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the 1989 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

6. Kes
Ken Loach (1969)
Adapted by Tony Garnett from the 1968 novel A Kestrel For a Knave by Barry Hines

7. Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
Adapted by Coppola and John Milius from the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

8 .The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont (1994)
Adapted by Darabont from the 1982 short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

9. LA Confidential
Curtis Hanson (1997)
Adapted by Hanson and Brian Helgeland from the 1990 novel by James Ellroy

10. Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee (2005)
Adapted by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry from the 1997 short story by E Annie Proulx

11. A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick (1971)
Adapted by Kubrick from the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess

12. Doctor Zhivago
David Lean (1965)
Adapted by Robert Bolt from the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak

13. The Maltese Falcon
John Huston (1941)
Adapted by Huston from the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett

14. Fight Club
David Fincher (1999)
Adapted by Jim Uhls from the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk

15. The English Patient
Anthony Minghella (1996)
Adapted by Minghella from the 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje

16. Brighton Rock
John Boulting (1947)
Adapted by Graham Greene and Terence Rattigan from the 1938 novel by Greene

17. Trainspotting
Danny Boyle (1996)
Adapted by John Hodge from the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh

18. Rebecca
Alfred Hitchcock (1940)
Adapted by Philip MacDonald from the 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier

19. Oliver Twist
David Lean (1948)
Adapted by Lean and Stanley Haynes from the 1838 novel by Charles Dickens

20. Schindler's List
Steven Spielberg (1993)
Adapted by Steven Zaillian from the 1982 novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally


Anonymous said...

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Milos Forman (1975)
Adapted by Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben from the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey

Nunca mais me esqueço que na minha primeira viagenm a Inglaterra (sózinho) o filme que estava a dar era este

Dad said...

And "Gone with the wind" ?!

Claudia said...

"Gone with the wind" should indeed be on the list! It is a wonderful film based on a great book and it did win 10 Oscars! I guess the readers of the Guardian have short memories.

Rauf said...

Dr. Zhivago was indeed better than the book, every frame was like a painting, Freddy Young at the camera Passage to India was the pet project of David Lean, but for some reason he kept postponing and did not come as well as he expected.

The real problem lies in our expectations Claudia. We visualise while we read and it doesn't match with the Director's, so we always end up saying that the book was better. I would like to add ' the Horse whisperer' here, though the ending was changed for all the right reasons. Jack nicholson carried 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' on his shoulders. his performance was more powerful than the book

Claudia said...

I agree with you on both Dr. Zhivago (a masterpiece) and Jack Nicholson's interpretation in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. I didn't read The Horse Whisperer and only remember the film slightly (I think it has Robert Redford and Kristin Scott-Thomas in it, right?)