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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

The trouble with Harry

February 12, 2019

The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 black comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay was based on the 1949 novel by Jack Trevor Story. The quirky residents of the small hamlet of Highwater, Vermont, are faced with the freshly dead body of Harry Worp (Philip Truex), which has inconveniently appeared on the hillside above the town. The problem of who the person is, who was responsible for his sudden death, and what should be done with the body is "the trouble with Harry." The film stars Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers and Shirley MacLaine in her film debut. (99 min.)

 

All the Pretty Horses

March 12, 2019

All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 film based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, and starring Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz. Set in 1949, it is an elegiac Western about two young cowboys who ride from Texas into Mexico in search of what may be left of the Old West. It touches on adventure and romance, but isn't really about them. It's about the mythical idea of heading south on a good horse, with a change of clothes, some camp gear and a gun, and seeing what happens. (117 min.)

Jane Eyre

April 9, 2019

Jane Eyre is a 2011 film based on Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name. The film begins with Jane fleeing in the middle of the night and finding herself alone on the moors, in the pouring rain. She reachrd the doorstep of Moor House, the home of Mr. St. John Rivers, a clergyman, and his two younger sisters, who take her in. Her earlier story is told in flashbacks, from her abusive childhood to her years as a governess for Edward Rochester's ward. Mia Wasikowska stars as the title character and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester The film's costume design, led by Michael O'Connor, was nominated for an Academy Award. (120 min.)

 

seabiscuit

May 14, 2019

Seabiscuit is a 2003 film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked Thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression. Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper star as Seabiscuit's jockey, owner, and trainer. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards. (141 min.)