Great literature raped by Hollywood (or Off-Hollywood for that matter)by jgcorrea | created - 21 Nov 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Most of the time books are better than movies. Books can let you imagine the setting or events happening in the story. They are also more detailed than movies because movies sometimes leave out some important details. ... Movies tend to last about two hours and books take their time and last longer. There are cases in which it would really be impossible for Hollywood to work miracles. For example, Tennessee Williams was a great writer @Streetcar Named Desire, but he wrote a number of bad books that no director, however good, could possibly rescue.
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1. Private Life (2006)
James' notebook entry describes the title story of this collection as " a rank fantasy". This should have been a very funny fantasy, satirizing celebrities of all sorts. The Wheel of Time is a more serious book.This is debut pic by female French director, impossible to abridge as a synopsis: various folk congregate at a well-appointed country house (HJ's "The Private Life") – somewhere between an artistic salon, a writers' retreat, and a gathering of pals. Mildly surreal shenanigans ensue, a bit Bunuel, a bit Rivette; one of the more unusual, weird and ultimately original literary adaptations.
2. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance
An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.
Votes: 10,371 | Gross: $3.69M
3. The Californians (2005)
PG | 87 min | Drama
Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.
"The Californians" is director Jonathan Parker's attempt to update Henry James' "The Bostonians" as a socially relevant romantic comedy. Leaden, obvious, somnambulant & unfunny.
5. Slave of Desire (1923)
Passed | 70 min | Drama
Poet Raphael de Valentin is down on his luck until a friend introduces him into society. He meets the Countess Fedora, and after she reads his poems, his work becomes an overnight sensation.
Balzac never for a second imagined when he wrote "La Peau de Chagrin," that it would be presented years afterward in film form under the title of "Slave of Desire." It may be that the producers realizing the liberties they have taken with the author's story, decided to call it by a new name, the English one being, "The Wild Ass's Skin."
6. Butcher Boys (2012)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring Sissy, ... See full summary »
Supposedly inspired by Jonathan Swift's cannibalistic tale A Modest Proposal, the Boneboys are international predators who deal in human flesh - dead or alive. Their hunting grounds are the cities of the world. No further comments.
7. A Cartomante (2004)
90 min | Drama
Rita is about to marry a wealthy physician, Dr. Augusto Vilela. One night, Vilela's best friend, Camilo, is brought to the hospital, dying from an overdose. Vilela saves his life and ... See full summary »
8. Dom (2003)
91 min | Drama
Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's "Dom Casmurro". Bento marries an actress, and soon afterwards she gets pregnant. He begins to suspect the child isn't his, but his best friend's.
9. A Very Crazy Asylum (1970)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
A new priest comes to a Brazilian coastal town and builds an insane asylum. Eventually the whole population ends up in the asylum.
11. As I Lay Dying (2013)
R | 110 min | Drama
Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
Votes: 3,660 | Gross: $0.02M
12. Barn Burning (1980 TV Short)
Not Rated | 41 min | Drama, Short, Family
Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning.
16. Bloom (I) (2003)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
Adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses, Bloom is the enthralling story of June 16th, 1904 and a gateway into the consiousness of its three main characters: Stephen Dedalus, Molly Bloom and the extraordinary Leopold Bloom.
18. Lessons in Love (1962)
95 min | Drama, Romance
Frédéric, a shy small-town man, falls in love with Anne, a middle class woman married to Didier, who cheats on her with top model Barbara. Catherine, a very determined woman, is secretly in... See full summary »
20. Bridge of Sleep (2016)
90 min | Crime, Drama
Shahab who is about to get marry with his fiance is in desperate need for money. For bringing money he with the help of his friend participates in a bargain but loses all his money. Under ... See full summary »
21. El jugador (2016)
105 min | Crime, Thriller
A retired gambler who works for a wealthy meat entrepreneur, travels to Mar del Plata where he must give a considerable sum of money to his boss's grandchildren.
22. Cousin Bette (1998)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,426 | Gross: $1.20M
25. Miniero Cabaret (1980)
75 min | Drama, Musical
Adventurer travels by train through the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, meeting old and new lovers and remembers love-affairs of his youth.
from Guimaraes Rosa's Soroco, Sua Mãe, Sua Filha
26. Mutum (2007)
95 min | Drama
Thiago lives with his family on an isolated farm in the arid backlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As the story unfolds and Thiago is forced to confront separations and betrayal within the ... See full summary »
27. The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Tom Jones, a maid's son adopted by the nobleman she worked for, now all grown up must run away from home when he is set up by his jealous cousin. He has several adventures and women on his way to town where his possible salvation awaits.
28. Joseph Andrews (1977)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Lady Booby alias "Belle" (Ann-Margret), the lively wife of the fat landed squire Sir Thomas Booby (Peter Bull), has a lusty eye on the attractive, intelligent villager Joseph Andrews (Peter... See full summary »
Votes: 490 | Gross: $0.84M
29. Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969)
R | 102 min | Comedy
A trio of randy sailors go looking for girl-friends in 18th-century London.
Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.12M
from Henry Fielding's play Rape Upon Rape
30. Gulliver's Travels (2010)
PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Lilliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.
Votes: 63,152 | Gross: $42.78M
33. Curse of the Stone Hand (1965)
Not Rated | 67 min | Horror
Compilation of two Chilean titles, the first adapted from Poe's "The Suicide Club," the second the tale of younger siblings dominated by their evil elder brother.
from Stevenson's ¨Suicide Club¨
34. The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide (1972)
Not Rated | 92 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
A crazed doctor, who has already murdered a man, finds Dr. Jekyll's diary and mixes up Jekyll's formula. He mixes up a batch of the potion, turns into the Jekyll monster and begins to stalk, rape and murder women.
35. Iron Maze (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
In Corinth, a dying town 15 miles from Pittsburg: One evening, a Japanese businessman, who wanted to tear down the closed iron mills to build an amusement park, is found half dead in his ... See full summary »
from Akutagawa's In a Grove
36. Tajomaru (2009)
126 min | Action, Crime, Drama
TAJOMARU is the famous 'bandit' of the forest from RASHOMON. Whoever kills Tajomaru inherits his name, status and sword. A royal brother leaves his kingdom to protect the princess he loves,... See full summary »
38. Rockin' Romeo & Juliet (2006)
87 min | Drama, Musical
Shakespeare's famous love story set to music as a new rock musical featuring 17 all-original songs by the band OGGI. The band is whisked into the dream world of Verona, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love through music.
39. Macbeth (II) (2018)
121 min | Drama
Brilliant young general Macbeth pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ... See full summary »
40. Strike It Rich (1990)
PG | 87 min | Comedy
A London accountant on his honeymoon gets swept away by gambling fever.
Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.54M
from Graham Greene's Loser Takes All
41. Double Take (2001)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A man on the run takes another man's passport, only to find himself stuck with the identity of a street hustler.
Votes: 7,887 | Gross: $0.02M
from Graham Greene's Across the Bridge
42. Meu Destino é Pecar (1952)
76 min | Drama
from Nelson Rodrigues' lesser trash
44. Os Sete Gatinhos (1980)
109 min | Comedy, Drama
Noronha, who works at the Chamber of Deputies as an office boy, lives in the Grajaú with his wife, Gorda and their five unmarried daughters, Aurora, Hilda, Debora, Arlete and Silene, who is... See full summary »
45. L'ours en peluche (1994)
105 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller