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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

Babe

December 11, 2018

Babe is a 1995 Australian adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the US. Babe, an orphaned piglet, is won by Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell), who brings him home and allows him to stay in the barn with his Border Collies. Babe learns to herd sheep, and is entered in a sheepherding competition. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning Best Visual Effects. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film. (92 min.)

 

The Glass Castle

January 8, 2019

The Glass Castle is a 2017 film based on Jeannette Walls' 2005 best selling memoir of the same name. Depicting Walls' real-life childhood in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads, with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Brie Larson stars as Walls with Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, and Sarah Snook in supporting roles. (127 min.)

 

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.)