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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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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Martin Donovan

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.

Director: Jonathan Parker | Stars: Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 344

"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.

Director: George D. Baker | Stars: George Walsh, Bessie Love, Carmel Myers, Wally Van

Votes: 7

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 »

Directors: Duane Graves, Justin Meeks | Stars: Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Taranova

Votes: 1,447

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 »

Directors: Wagner de Assis, Pablo Uranga | Stars: Deborah Secco, Luigi Baricelli, Ilya São Paulo, Sílvia Pfeifer

Votes: 158

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.

Director: Moacyr Góes | Stars: Marcos Palmeira, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Bruno Garcia, Luciana Braga

Votes: 271

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.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Arduíno Colassanti, Irene Stefânia

Votes: 81

10. The Sound and the Fury (2014)

TV-MA | 101 min | Drama

38 Metascore

A look at the trials and tribulations of the Compson family, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Loretta Devine

Votes: 813

11. As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

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.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Ahna O'Reilly

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.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Kagan, Shawn Whittington, Carolyn Coates

Votes: 142

13. Dangerous Paradise (1930)

Passed | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Heyst, a hermit on his own tropical island, plays unwilling host to red-headed stowaway Alma. Danger looms...

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Warner Oland, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 62

14. Heart of Darkness (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé, James Fox

Votes: 1,661

15. The Young One (I) (2016)

83 min | Drama

Based on Joseph Conrad's short story "Youth".

Director: Julien Samani | Stars: Kévin Azaïs, Samir Guesmi, Jean-François Stévenin, Lazare Minoungou

Votes: 49

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.

Director: Sean Walsh | Stars: Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Conor, Neilí Conroy

Votes: 333

17. Unholy Love (1932)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama

An adaptation of Madame Bovary transported to Rye, New York in the 1930's. All characters have been renamed.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: H.B. Warner, Lila Lee, Beryl Mercer, Joyce Compton

Votes: 78

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 »

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Marie-José Nat, Dawn Addams, Nicolas Vogel

Votes: 70

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 »

Director: Oktai Barahani | Stars: Saed Soheili, Anahita Afshar, Houman Seyyedi, Akbar Zanjanpour

Votes: 147

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.

Director: Dan Gueller | Stars: Alejandro Awada, Pablo Rago, Guadalupe Docampo, Lali Gonzalez

Votes: 92

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 »

Director: Des McAnuff | Stars: Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 2,426 | Gross: $1.20M

23. The Conquering Power (1921)

TV-G | 89 min | Drama, Romance

After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Alice Terry, Rudolph Valentino, Ralph Lewis, Carrie Daumery

Votes: 402

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.

Director: Carlos Alberto Prates Correia | Stars: Nelson Dantas, Tamara Taxman, Tânia Alves, Helber Rangel

Votes: 68

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 »

Director: Sandra Kogut | Stars: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso, Maria Juliana Souza de Oliveira, Brenda Luana Rodrigues Lima

Votes: 464

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.

Director: Cliff Owen | Stars: Nicky Henson, Trevor Howard, Terry-Thomas, Arthur Lowe

Votes: 125

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 »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Ann-Margret, Peter Firth, Michael Hordern, Beryl Reid

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.

Director: Peter Coe | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Glynis Johns, Ian Bannen

Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.12M

from Henry Fielding's play Rape Upon Rape

30. Gulliver's Travels (2010)

PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet

Votes: 63,152 | Gross: $42.78M

32. Pirates of Treasure Island (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Adventure

An innkeeper's life of monotony suddenly changes when he comes into possession of a treasure map.

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Tom Nagel, Rebekah Kochan, Rhett Giles

Votes: 952

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.

Directors: Carlos Hugo Christensen, Jerry Warren, Carlos Schlieper | Stars: John Carradine, Chela Bon, Carlos Cores, Katherine Victor

Votes: 90

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.

Director: Lee Raymond | Stars: Laurie Rose, Rene Bond, Jane Tsentas, Linda York

Votes: 201

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 »

Director: Hiroaki Yoshida | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Bridget Fonda, Hiroaki Murakami, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 601

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 »

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Shun Oguri, Yuki Shibamoto, Kei Tanaka, Kyôsuke Yabe

Votes: 316

37. Hamlet (1960 TV Movie)

152 min | Drama, Mystery

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Hans Caninenberg, Wanda Rotha, Dunja Movar

Votes: 573

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.

Director: David McGaw | Stars: Oto Brezina, Stephen Burr, Tristan Creeley, Gregg Edwards

Votes: 15

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 »

Director: Kit Monkman | Stars: Al Weaver, Mark Rowley, Wunmi Mosaku, Philippe Spall

Votes: 853

40. Strike It Rich (1990)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

A London accountant on his honeymoon gets swept away by gambling fever.

Director: James Scott | Stars: Robert Lindsay, Molly Ringwald, Marianne Price, Jeffrey Robert

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.54M

from Graham Greene's Loser Takes All

41. Double Take (2001)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

25 Metascore

A man on the run takes another man's passport, only to find himself stuck with the identity of a street hustler.

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Orlando Jones, Eddie Griffin, Gary Grubbs, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 7,887 | Gross: $0.02M

from Graham Greene's Across the Bridge

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 »

Director: Neville de Almeida | Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Ana Maria Magalhães, Lima Duarte, Ary Fontoura

Votes: 295