by Lindy Gamolo
First: Because September is the month when Cinema Europa opens! This year, it will screen on September 29 to November 10 yet another brilliant lineup of 23 movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland. Whether the films were adopted from books or not, it has to be announced here.
Second: Because watching films is an addiction of mine… and I know for sure many of you are as well! I watched 140 films in 2013, 84 in 2014 and 102 as of August this year. Yes, I list them down and count! (Cinephiles, raise your hands!)
One of the habits I have when it comes to watching films or reading books is that I check out if either one has an adaptation, particularly when it comes to classics. When I find a book that has been translated into film, then I watch the film.
Some would say it’s cheating, some would say it’s better to read the book first but either works for me. It doesn’t matter which comes first—they are both precious eggs (or chickens, whatever you prefer). It’s hard to compare two different forms of art. Books are made to be read and films are made to be watched. Naturally, some parts will be altered – for better or for worse. That’s why I am always careful on slamming a film only for its faithfulness to the book it was adapted from.
Last: Because I want to show you these beautiful bookmarks created by Libreria Follas Novas in Spain. It’s a bookstore-library. This set of bookmarks is one of my favorites in my collection because it’s timeless and, obviously, feeds my other interest. How I wish our bookstores here produced bookmarks like these!
These films are adaptions from novels or plays, except for “Pillow Talk,” which won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), so it’s not based from an earlier novel or written work.
- Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) – Loosely based on Rice Burrough’s novel, Tarzan of the Apes
- Rebel Without a Cause (1955) -Title was adopted from psychiatrist Robert M. Lindner’s 1994 book, Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath. The film has no reference to Lindner’s book in any way.
- Saratoga Trunk (1945) – Based on the novel Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber
- Gone with the Wind (1939) – Adapted from a Pulitzer-winning novel in 1936, with the same title, by Margaret Mitchell
- Goldfinger (1964) – Based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) – Based on a play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Also a play by Tennessee Williams
- High Sierra (1941) – Based on the novel of the same title by William R. Burnett
I told you they were beautiful! Which ones did you like best? We have more bookmark sets to feature here so stay tuned for the next! ☁