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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

Marjorie Morningstar

August 14, 2108 - 6:30 p.m.

Marjorie Morningstar is a 1958 film based on the 1955 novel by Herman Wouk.  Marjorie Morgenstern (Natalie Wood), is a young Jewish woman in New York City in the 1950s.  She defies her parents’ expectations for a conventional life by aspiring to be an artist and falling in love with actor and playwright Noel Airman (Gene Kelly). The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, and won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Carolyn Jones). It also won four Laurel Awards, for Top Song, Top Female Supporting Performance, Top Music Composer, and Top Music Director.  (128 min.)

 

Blade Runner

September 11, 2018

Blade Runner is a 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It is set in a dystopian future, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. The film won numerous awards, including a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, and two Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and for Best Effects/Visual Effects. (117 min.)

 

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

October 9, 2018

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1941 film based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Spencer Tracy stars as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who believes good and evil exist in everyone. He tests an elixer he develped on himself, which reveals his evil side, Mr. Hyde. As Hyde, he abuses Ivy Pearson (Ingrid Bergman), while as Jekyll, he plans to marry Beatrix Emery (Lana Turner). The movie was nominated for three Oscars - for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Film Editing, & Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture. (115 min.)

 

In the name of the father

November 13, 2018

In the Name of the Father is a 1993 film based on the autobiography, Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon. Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an Irishman living in London in 1974, when an explosion in a pub kills four off-duty soldiers and a civilian, and wounds sixty-five others. He is arrested and coerced into confessing, ending up with a life sentence. Emma Thompson plays his attorney, Gareth Peirce, who campaigns on behalf of him and the other men convicted of the crime. The film was nominated for seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. (133 min.)