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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-23-07 06:24 PM
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29. No, the conventional wisdom is that good literature generally does not...
translate well onto the screen because so much of the "literariness" (tone, nuance, complexity of characterization, ambiguity, etc...) depends on the written word, while a potboiler has the necessary ingredients that do translate well to the screen (propulsive plotting, use of familiar types, etc...) Of course, there are always exceptions, but this is an area where conventional wisdom is...wise.
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  -I finished reading 'The Godfather, by Mario Puzo'. Neoma  Jun-23-07 12:45 AM   #0 
  - Most books are better then the movie.  texanwitch   Jun-23-07 01:00 AM   #1 
  - I couldn't ever get through the wedding part, it just seemed so boring.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 01:08 AM   #2 
  - The movie's WAY better.  Starbucks Anarchist   Jun-23-07 01:19 AM   #3 
  - Maybe I'll be on your good literary history list someday.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 01:27 AM   #4 
  - LOL, not what I meant.  Starbucks Anarchist   Jun-23-07 01:35 AM   #5 
  - I read the book years after first seeing the movie  volstork   Jun-23-07 12:17 PM   #14 
  - I thought the movie  some guy   Jun-23-07 03:34 AM   #6 
  - "If I had known that so many people were going to read that book...  mitchum   Jun-23-07 10:36 AM   #7 
  - Haha, great quote.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:35 PM   #18 
  - In my opinion, The Godfather is one of the greatest American movies ever made  Poiuyt   Jun-23-07 10:38 AM   #8 
  - I'd rather have pizza.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:37 PM   #20 
  - I agree...see it as a metaphor for what went wrong with America after WWII  deutsey   Jun-23-07 08:20 PM   #32 
  - I showed it to my g/f for the first time last week  Neo   Jun-23-07 10:58 AM   #9 
  - Yeah, no one likes the third one.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:36 PM   #19 
  - I think it depends which you encounter first.  undeterred   Jun-23-07 11:10 AM   #10 
  - Was surprised when I read GWTW...was so different from movie!  badgerpup   Jun-23-07 01:36 PM   #15 
  - The characters are much more complex in the book  undeterred   Jun-23-07 03:30 PM   #17 
  - The first R movie I saw...  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:38 PM   #21 
  - So I guess I'll watch the movie first then.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:39 PM   #22 
  - Get the DVD of the movie. I agree with Starbucks Anarchist, it's way better than the book.  Mayberry Machiavelli   Jun-23-07 11:14 AM   #11 
  - Well after reading the book.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:40 PM   #23 
  - the movie's alright, Coppola wraps the violence within some grander...  bridgit   Jun-23-07 11:17 AM   #12 
  - Another vote  qdemn7   Jun-23-07 12:13 PM   #13 
  - Amazing that people say that.  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:42 PM   #24 
     - No, the conventional wisdom is that good literature generally does not...  mitchum   Jun-23-07 06:24 PM   #29 
  - I read the book before the movie premiered and I thought the book was  mohinoaklawnillinois   Jun-23-07 02:04 PM   #16 
  - What character did he play?  Neoma   Jun-23-07 05:42 PM   #25 
     - Michael.  Bunny   Jun-23-07 06:01 PM   #27 
  - The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the 5 best movies ever made.  MrSlayer   Jun-23-07 05:45 PM   #26 
  - Agreed  qdemn7   Jun-23-07 06:07 PM   #28 
  - IMHO, the movie is outstanding.  triguy46   Jun-23-07 07:16 PM   #30 
  - Hello! The movie (and GII) is considered one of the top 5 evah, as Mr.Slayer said!  WinkyDink   Jun-23-07 08:12 PM   #31 

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