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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

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.)

 

 

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.)