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Books to Screen: Classics Onscreen
Movies that have been adapted from or inspired by classic literature.
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Title: The Iliad
ISBN: 0140447946
Notes: One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals. The most recent big screen adaptation was "Troy" in 2004, starring Brad Pitt.

 
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Title: Rashomon and Other Stories
Author: Akutagawa, Ryunosuke
ISBN: 0871401738
Notes: The classic Japanese movie "Rashomon" is actually adapted from Akutagawa's short story "In a grove", an early modernist short story consisting of seven varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. Each section simultaneously clarifies and obfuscates what the reader knows about the murder, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision of the event that questions humanity's ability or willingness to perceive and transmit objective truth.

 
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Title: Emma
Author: Austen, Jane
ISBN: 0141439580
Notes: Jane Austen's comic classic portrays Emma Woodhouse finding her match-making skills sadly misdirected as she learns humility and self-knowledge at the same time as she discovers love. Adapted numerous times over the years, the 1995 film "Clueless" was a catalyst for a surge in popularity of classics adapted into teen movies.

 
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Title: The Decameron
Author: Boccaccio, Giovanni
ISBN: 0140449302
Notes: Set against the background of the Black Death of 1348, the hundred linked tales in Boccaccio's masterpiece are peopled by nobles, knights, nuns, doctors, lawyers, students, artists, peasants, pilgrims, servants, spendthrifts, thieves, gamblers, police--and lovers, both faithful and faithless. "Virgin Territory", to be released in September 2007, relates ten of these tales.

 
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Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Bronte, Charlotte
ISBN: 0812523377
Notes: Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a richer life than that traditionally allowed women in Victorian society. "Jane Eyre has been adapted numerous times, including a Masterpiece Theatre version in 2006 and a feature film in 1996.

 
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Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Dahl, Roald
Publisher: Random House (1964)
ISBN: 0375831975
Call Number: J
Notes: Charlie Bucket's weird and wonderful adventures after finding a Golden Ticket in his Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgmallow Delight have entertained generations of children and inspired two big screen adaptations. The 1971 version stars Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, and the 2005 version stars Johnny Depp.

 
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Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Author: Dick, Philip K.
ISBN: 0345404475
Notes: By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results. This science fiction classic was adapted for the big screen as "Blade Runner", starring Harrison Ford.

 
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Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Dickens, Charles
ISBN: 0553212443
Notes: A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. Adapted numerous times, three of the best and definitive versions of Dicken's classic include "Scrooge" (1951) starring Alastair Sim in the title role, "A Christmas Carol" (1984) starring George C. Scott as the miser Scrooge, and Bill Murray's comedic "Scrooged" (1988).

 
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Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott
ISBN: 0684830426
Notes: Quintessential great American novel. A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. The Great Gatsby has been adapted for film numerous times over the years, most recently in 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of titular character Jay Gatsby.

 
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Title: The Maltese Falcon
Author: Hammett, Dashiell
ISBN: 0679722645
Notes: A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction. The movie, starring Humphrey Bogart, has become just as classic as the original novel.