Top 15 Movies Based on Novels

Top 15 Movies Based on Novels

More often than not, movies adapted from novels are disappointing. Perhaps it’s impossible to capture the complexity and nuances of a 300-page (or longer) novel in two hours. I chose my top 15 book-to-movie adaptations based on how well the directors interpreted the novels in film. The movie may not be 100 percent faithful to the book, but it successfully preserved the novel’s essence.

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14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

Film is a universal art form. Those of us who write novels can learn a lot from the storytelling techniques of filmmakers, especially masters like Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and François Truffaut. Their films defied Hollywood norms and yet found a global audience.

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Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lady Liberty: From “Saboteur” to “Adjustment Bureau”

Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lady Liberty: From “Saboteur” to “Adjustment Bureau”

From the 1942 Alfred Hitchcock film, “Saboteur,” to the Matt Damon-starrer “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011), Lady Liberty has been thrilling, scaring, and entertaining moviegoers over the years.

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5 Reasons Why Writers Should Watch Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”

5 Reasons Why Writers Should Watch Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”

A quick Google search will show you that “La Dolce Vita,” which means “the sweet life,” is a popular name for Italian restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops. The term has taken on a life of its own ever since Federico Fellini’s film of the same title was released in 1960.

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“The Savages”: A Small Film Showcasing the Giant Talent of Philip Seymour Hoffman

“The Savages”: A Small Film Showcasing the Giant Talent of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Like most film buffs, I was devastated when the news broke that Philip Seymour Hoffman died of accidental drug overdose on Feb. 2. He was 46. Described by the New York Times as “the most ambitious and the most widely admired American actor of his generation,” Hoffman was best known for “Capote” (2005), which earned him the Oscar for best actor.

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5 Lessons for Writers from François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”

5 Lessons for Writers from François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”

rançois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” is a staple of film courses, the frontrunner in the French New Wave Cinema. Not surprisingly, I watched it in class when I was in college. Our analysis now escapes me, but I remember getting teary-eyed while watching it. The 12-year-old protagonist, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), is one of the most unforgettable characters ever created in film. He has stayed with me for decades.

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