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About clearskies

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  1. Excellent choices, thanks for the tip on the Mason book, I'll give it a shot as well as "The Great Moviemakers...". Also, I don't think anyone has mentioned all the Agatha Christie books that have been turned into films. David Suchet seems to have a lock on the Poirot stuff & the Miss Marple books have had quite a change in actors playing the role.
  2. I'll have to check this book out as the subject is fascinating to me as well but please let us know when you have finished it if you liked it & if you thought it was well written...
  3. And wasn't he just wonderful in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter?"
  4. I too had read the book "Catch 22" years ago & enjoyed the film as well. I thought Arkin was perfectly cast. Absurdities captured well & the flow really worked (for me, anyway).
  5. My daughter just sent me some info on Facebook about an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of photographs of the Yorkshire Moors. Each photo online had a quote from "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. Most beautiful! I think there's another version of "WH" recently released. I also agree with you about books being converted to movies. It seems that many people today don't know what an imagination is, let alone taking time to ruminate. Speaking of Victorian literature, I did like the series "Cranford" as well as "Lark Rise to Candleford," seen on PBS & both of which can be gotten from Ne
  6. Interesting how many responses you have received to this thread, which opened in August & still going strong. I'm impressed with the variety of books that these folks have read. As far as my two cent's worth goes, I would like to see more movies made of Shakespeare's plays, more Jane Austen & the Brontes as well as Agatha Christie. I know many versions of these works have alrady been made but there's always room for more, thereby introducing many who might not be familiar with these classics.
  7. Chicago: Pretty people but crosseyed from split second scenes borrowed from MTV.
  8. I've given up on Tolstoy's "Resurrection" not my cup of tea. Having been interested in the theater & movies mostly all my life, I've read many books pertaining to these subjects, both bios & autobios. There're a lot of books out on Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton, Alec Guiness, John Gielgud, O'Toole, oh, I could go on forever. I own many & have gotten a lot out of the library as well. There are also some good books on Nancy Mitford ("Love in a Cold Climate") and the whole Mitford family for that matter.
  9. I've just finished "Life on the Color Line" by Gregory Howard Williams. A true story of a white boy who discoverd he was black & moved to a black community. My interest was piqued as he was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony at Skidmore College in NY this spring. Interesting, a bit depressing & would make a good movie. Have just started Tolstoy's "Resurrection." My granddaughter is in Hunter College in NYC immersed in film studies. We have some great conversations about old movies.
  10. I agree with you in not wanting to see a movie if I have already read the book. I guess it's because the imagination can range so much further than the movies & once we have a character fixed in our mind the movie usually spoils it. Having said that, I do feel that the movie version of "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle was pretty true to the book. I also found that due the paucity of place description by Austen the movie really fleshed it all out & some of the scenery was wonderful. It was very well cast with just about all of the characters so well suited to
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