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  • Pen Dragon
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    LA Confidential
    The Shootist
    Deliverance
    Shane
    The Searchers

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  • Rex V
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    "I hope you will love your baby. I hope it will be a boy."

    Two of the most powerful sentences, in context, I've ever read.

    And yet, if you're not paying attention when you read the Foreword...

    Heh.

    I love Lolita.

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  • Jake Schuster
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    How about Joe Losey's "The Go-Between", based on the novel of the same name by L.P. Hartley. A fine novel; an excellent film.

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  • Rhetorick
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    Come on, Age of Innocene by Scorcese. Or is that still a crappy book?

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  • Jake Schuster
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    As good as the first version of Lolita is, it really is an untranslatable book to the screen, being that it's essentially all about language. Above all, Nabokov made sure that every word, every syllable even, was mean to be read, and that particular novel is, in a way more than his others, about one man expressing his passion and his tragedy through the one thing he has full mastery over--language.

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  • dclary
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    Lord of the Rings
    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe



    LOCK IT(tm)!

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  • Hairy Lime
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    Lolita might be my favorite book to film adaptation. Both the novel and film are fantastic.

    As to your pulp question, I think pulp crime fiction makes for some very entertaining movies, because they're usually strong on story ... Elmore Leonard's novels will never win literary awards, but they're damn fun movies when done right (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown).

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  • Frankclone
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    Good points--that puts the lie to that bit of supposed wisdom.

    OK--how about a twist: it's (fairly) easy to make great films out of "bad"( trashy, pulp ) novels? Literary critics perceived "The Godfather" as disposable literature but look what Coppola did to it filmically - GF1 &/or GF2 are probably on most film critics' top ten lists.

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  • left field
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    Also, no.

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Catch 22

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    The Maltese Falcon

    A Clockwork Orange

    Frankenstein

    lefty

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  • whistlelock
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    No. Fight Club. To Kill a Mockingbird. how many others?

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  • Frankclone
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    Books as films

    Someone once said that only "bad" books seem to make good movies. Comments?
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