11 Films that are Better than the Book
Ever heard, read the book before you watch the movie? It’s a popular belief that the images that seep from the lexical grace printed on the pages of great novels outdo anything orchestrated for the silver screen, and most of the time, it’s true. But there are some movies throughout the history of film that have stretched the imagination of their viewers, and managed to create iconic experiences, transcending the literature from which they were born. Here are 11 of them:
Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 spectacular is based on a book by the same name written by Anthony Burgess, printed in 1962. The film surpasses the book mainly due to Kubrick’s knowledge of cinematic tools such as the infamous contrapuntal use of the song, ‘Singing in the Rain’.
The Godfather was originally printed in 1969 under the authorship of Mario Puzo. The film version donned the movie theatres in 1972. There has been some controversy over the king of medium with this potent tale, but the superior acting and elegant direction sees the Coppola directed movie version reign supreme.
Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream was a bold novel to take on by previously unknown director Derren Aronofsky in 2000. But the young director pushed the depraved boundaries of the book.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Thirteen years after the book by Ken Kesey was published in 1962, Milos Foreman took a stab at what would be one of the most enigmatic pieces of its time.
Apocalypse Now is actually based on the 1903 novel masterpiece Heart of Darkness. The decision to move the story from the Congo to Vietnam gave the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola directed film a cultural potency the book was never able to achieve.
The Shining is one of Stephen King’s most famous novels, published in 1977. Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation on the other hand out did it by far in terms of horror and added lunacy, special praise to Jack Nicholson of course.
Silence of the Lambs
Written by Thomas Harris in 1988 the novel was adapted to film by Jonathan Demme in 1991. The unforgettable horror flick took the gruesomeness of the novel to a new level.
Irvine Welsh’s 1993 work blazed onto the silver screen with the help of director Danny Boyle. Boyle’s masterpiece is iconic to its genre.
Director siblings: Joel and Ethan Cohen brought the 2005 novel by Cormac McCarthy to life on the big screen in 2007 in a manner even the author could not have anticipated.
1963 saw the original film version of the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House. It has since been remade but the original is a film so striking, it is the bench mark of terror to which all subsequent horrors are measured.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The 1961 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring the iconographic Audrey Hepburn brings the somewhat one-dimensional character from the 1958 book to life.
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