Showing posts with label books adapted to film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books adapted to film. Show all posts

24 October 2018

Classic Movies: The Manchurian Candidate

- The Manchurian Candidate (1962 original) which starred Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, along with Angela Lansbury, is now a vintage classic.

- The 2004 movie remake starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep had the blessings of Tina Sinatra, daughter of the late Frank Sinatra.

The movies were film adaptations based on a novel, a 1959 Cold War thriller written by Richard Condon.

Both films are worth watching. But only of them is the best!

Published a detailed movie review at Wizzley.com.
* Movie Review: The Manchurian Candidate





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18 October 2017

Classic Movies: The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

I heart classic movies.

  • True stories about shipwrecks or ships lost at sea always tantalize you. You just got to know what happened! However, if you never really quite know all the truth, you can always make something up!

  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare is a classic movie which stars two powerhouse American actors, Gary Cooper (1901 - 1961) and Charlton Heston (1923 - 2008). Based on a novel by Ralph Hammond Innes.


The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)



Ships have been setting sail for centuries and either never reaching their intended destination or never returning home. Time passes and the reasons why they vanished remain lingering question marks. Sometimes the vessels are located or what's left of them. But even if the revelation of what really happened is totally reasonable and makes perfect sense you are still left with the thought that – the people who were there didn't get to tell the real true unfolding of events. If you happen to be an extremely talented British novelist with a flair for thrilling adventure and suspense, you could write a book. If you're a really good author, your book may be adapted to film.

The Mary Celeste is a real ship. Its captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs set sail heading for Genoa, a seaport in Italy. This Atlantic mystery has been unfolding since January 3rd or 4th, 1885, when … when … let's just say that using all of the facts, information and possible plausible explanations gathered, she has earned a reputation as being “the most famous ghost ship”.

The Mary Deare is the name of a ship in a work of fiction written by Ralph Hammond Innes (1913 – 1998) titled “The Wreck of the Mary Deare”, published 1956; which was later adapted to film by the same name, released 1959, which starred two of my favorite actors, Gary Cooper (1901 – 1961) and Charleston Heston (1923 – 2008). It's now in the collection of Turner Classic Movies. Thank you, Ted Turner, for preserving these precious moments in cinematic history.

The fictional Mary Deare is eerily similar to the real-life Mary Celeste. Similar or not, can't pass on an old movie with two powerhouse American actors like Cooper and Heston.
 

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959

TheWreck of the Mary Deare - from Warner Brothersstarring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston - Directed by Michael Anderson




References:

Innes, H. (1956). The Wreck of the Mary Deare. New York: Knopf.

"The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Overview - TCM.com." Turner Classic Movies. TCM.com Is Part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2015. <http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1522/The-Wreck-of-the-Mary-Deare/>. LEONARD MALTIN CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE, COPYRIGHT 2005, 2010. USED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.


Ralph Hammond Innes. 2015. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 16 January, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/253683/Ralph-Hammond-Innes



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16 October 2014

Will The Tiger's Apprentice Ever Be an Animated Film?

Laurence Yep has a reputation for being the premier Chinese-American writer.  It's an awesome compliment when notable filmmakers want to adapt your books to film.



Laurence Yep writes books for children and young adults.  Many know him for book series called Golden Mountain Chronicles.  Screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland (watch trailer)) was or is (??) adapting Yep's book - The Tiger's Apprentice (Book One) - into a feature film in 3D animation.

Hoping another one of Laurence Yep's books - City of Fire - might also be adapted. There's an evil dragon and lost treasures of an emperor weaved into the storyline. How can anybody resist turning it into a major feature film?

* * Will The Tiger's Apprentice Ever Be an Animated Film? - Learned about this film adaptation several years back.  This animation project is either "on hold" or has been abandoned.  Can't seem to find any updates about the effort.  Perhaps they're furiously working to complete it, but keeping it all very hush hush because they want to surprise viewers with the finished product!  Hope Magee and company see it through. Sounds fantastic!  :)






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