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Great Literature on Film

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Histoires Extraordinaires (Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) (Spirits of the Dead)

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Histoires Extraordinaires (Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) (Spirits of the Dead)
(1968) [MA]


Three of Europe's finest filmmakers - Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini - direct compelling remakes of Edgar Allan Poe stories. Louis Malle's take on "William Wilson" features Alain Delon as an officer troubled by a mysterious doppelganger; Roger Vadim's journey into supernatural...  More


 
1984

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1984
(1984) [M]


After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is the capital of Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with...  More


 
Oscar And Lucinda

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Oscar And Lucinda
(1997) [M]


An adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. Oscar is a priest who gambles discreetly and donates his winnings to help the poor. Lucinda is an Australian businesswoman who boldly defies society's rules. When they meet over an innocent game of cards, their lives are changed...  More


 
The Virgin Suicides

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The Virgin Suicides
(1999) [MA]


Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, then adapted for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a story about five sisters and their mysterious existence, told in the words of the neighborhood boys who worshiped them from a distance. It is a solitary story of the girls...  More


 
Capote

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Capote
(2005) [M]


The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small...  More


 
Atonement

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Atonement
(2007) [MA]


Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.  More


 
Desert Flower

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Desert Flower
(2009) [MA]


This is the inspiring true story of Waris Dirie, an extraordinary, proud and brave woman whose bestselling biography Desert Flower touched the hearts of readers worldwide. Born in the Somalian desert in 1965, Dirie rose from a poverty stricken nomadic life to the fashion catwalks of New York. Her...  More


 
The Theory of Everything

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The Theory of Everything
(2014) [PG]


The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology,...  More


 
Far From Men

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Far From Men
(2015) [M]


Algeria, 1954. The war is beginning and village schoolteacher Daru, an ex-soldier, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by locals and colonisers alike. So when he reluctantly agrees to escort a dissident to a...  More


 
Richard III (1955)

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Richard III (1955)
(1955) [G]


The deformed Richard of Gloucester cuts a bloody path to the throne in Shakespeare's historical tragedy. Determined to seize the French throne from his brother Edward IV, he rouses Edward's hatred from their brother Clarence, who is arrested and murdered while imprisoned. The cunning Richard woos...  More


 
The Old Man And The Sea

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The Old Man And The Sea
(1958) [PG]


Based on the classic, Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The story of an aging, life-long fisherman attempting to find himself, and hopefully a fish, on a fishing trip in the gulf waters off Cuba. After spending most of his life alone, and losing his only...  More


 
Henry V (Branagh)

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Henry V (Branagh)
(1989) [PG]


Once more unto the breach, dear friends! Kenneth Branagh's award–winning production of Shakespeare's Henry V, a classic story of conflict, courage, honour and heroism. Branagh is electrifying in the title role, a king whose inspired leadership and full-blooded courage rouses his bewildered and...  More


 
The Diary Of Anne Frank

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The Diary Of Anne Frank
(1959) [G]


An extraordinary portrayal of humanity set during one of history's most inhumane periods, The Diary Of Anne Frank features Millie Perkins as the insightful 13-year-old biographer of her family's two year hiding in an Amsterdam attic. At first, the strong-willed teenager embraces her fugitive...  More


 
My Brilliant Career

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My Brilliant Career
(1979) [G]


Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) is the eldest daughter of an impoverished New South Wales farming family. Bold and determined, Sybylla dreams of succeeding as an acclaimed writer. But in a time of sexist ignorance and bigotry, Sybylla has frequent clashes with procrustean conformists. Though it is...  More


 
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
(1939) [PG]


A remake of the 1923 Lon Chaney classic silent movie, this version of the Victor Hugo tragedy gained two Oscar nominations for its sound recording and musical score. Charles Laughton was at the peak of his box office draw when he donned the mountain of Quasimodo make-up, and gave probably the...  More


 
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
(1965) [M]


Alec Leamas, a British spy is sent to East Germany supposedly to defect, but in fact to sow disinformation. As more plot turns appear, Leamas becomes more convinced that his own people see him as just a cog. His struggle back from dehumanization becomes the final focus of the story. Based on the...  More


 
Equus

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Equus
(1977) [R]


Sidney Lumet's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play erupts on the screen with the same power and passion as the stage original. Richard Burton gives one of his best performances ever in this elegant and provocative tale of myth and madness. What would drive Alan...  More


 
Sense And Sensibility

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Sense And Sensibility
(1995) [G]


Elinor uses her head...Marianne follows her heart. Two sisters on very different paths, are about to discover there's only one road that leads to true love. SENSE & SENSIBILITY is the glorious adaptation of JANE AUSTEN's timeless story, brought to life with humour, heart and wonderful...  More


 
The Truce

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The Truce
(1997) [M]


This is the true story of Italian Jews returning home from Auschwitz after the war. It deals with their experiences in readjusting to life and their fears about what they will find at home.  More


 
The Da Vinci Code

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The Da Vinci Code
(2006) [M]


Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is...  More


 
There Will Be Blood

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There Will Be Blood
(2007) [M]


The story chronciles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down and out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip off that there's a little town out West where an ocean of oil...  More


 
The Painted Veil

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The Painted Veil
(2006) [M]


Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920’s about a young English couple, Walter (Edward Norton), a middle class doctor and Kitty (Naomi Watts), an upper-class woman, who marry for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where Kitty falls in...  More


 
Angels and Demons

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Angels and Demons
(2009) [M]


In Ron Howard's thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals' lives on the line, and the...  More


 
Angels and Demons (Blu-Ray)

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Angels and Demons (Blu-Ray)
(2009) [M]


In Ron Howard's thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals' lives on the line, and the...  More


 
Life Above All

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Life Above All
(2010)


"Life, Above All" is a emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by...  More


 
Jo Nesbo's Headhunters  (Hodejegerne)  (Blu-Ray)

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Jo Nesbo's Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (Blu-Ray)
(2011) [MA]


Intense and entertaining thriller packed with twists and based on award winning mystery writer Jo Nesbo's novel, Headhunters' stars Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as an elite headhunter who finances his lavish lifestyle by stealing art from his own clients.  More


 
Tomorrow, When the War Began

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Tomorrow, When the War Began
(2010) [M]


Ellie and her friends never thought their quiet country life would ever change much. Heading into their last year of high school,they decide to camp for the weekend in a remote bush clearing. When they return, their parents have disappeared, their phones are dead, and all power is out. Soon, the...  More


 
American Psycho

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American Psycho
(2000) [R]


The movie American Psycho is based on Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel of the same name. Director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) and screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) turned this story into a script and movie, which made for an interesting team considering the book and author had...  More


 
Peter Brook's Marat Sade (aka "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade")

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Peter Brook's Marat Sade (aka "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade")
(1967) [M]


The Marquis de Sade is locked in the Charenton mental hospital and decides to put on a play. His overseers agree as long as he follows certain conditions. He writes and directs the other mental patients in a play based on the life of the Jean-Paul Marat. As the play progresses, the inmates become...  More


 
Damage

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Damage
(1992) [R]


Jeremy Irons plays Stephen Fleming, a respected Member of Parliament and Junior Minister, comfortable with his life as he approaches his fiftieth birthday. Secure in his enduring marriage, he has no premonition of the storm that is about to engulf him when he is drawn to an attractive woman...  More


 
 
 

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