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David Nicholls’ Five Favorite Novel to Screen Adaptations

Posted February 25, 2011 to photo album "David Nicholls’ Five Favorite Novel to Screen Adaptations"

In addition to Jane Eyre, what other classic novels have made great films. We asked Novelist/Screenwriter David Nicholls.

David Nicholls: Novelist/Screenwriter
Oil! (1927)/There Will Be Blood (2007)
Heart of Darkness (1902)/Apocalypse Now (1979)
Far From The Madding Crowd (1874/ 1967)
Brideshead Revisited (1945/1981)
Barry Lyndon (1844/1975)
Barry Lyndon (1844/1975)

Barry Lyndon (1844/1975)

I love this film, the most under-rated of Kubrick's work. Like all of his work its leisurely-paced, beautiful, a little chilly. The attention to detail is phenomenal - watching it you get the sense that, yes, this is what 18th century Britain looked like. It's impossible to imagine Kubrick taking on, say, Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre or, god forbid, Dickens, whose ebullient energy would never survive the Kubrick treatment, but there's a perfect match here between the director's vision and the sardonic, wry tone of the 18th century novel. So slow and measured, it almost feels like reading...