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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)
Brideshead Revisited (1945/1981)

Brideshead Revisited (1945/1981)

The common complaint of anyone attempting to adapt a classic novel is the lack of time the movie version gives you. How can you ever hope to condense 500 pages of prose into 120 pages of screenplay? The TV Brideshead sidesteps this dilemma by simply being very, very long - thirteen hours to tell a novel that could be read quite comfortably in ten. It's the most absurdly faithful version of a novel imaginable. Like all good adaptations, its also absolutely of its time - there's no better expression of the aspirations and class obsession of Thatcher's Britain in the '80s.