Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Movie Clip Wednesday - BEST ADAPTATION OF A BOOK TO FILM
Boxer is hosting a Movie Clip Wednesday Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme. This week's theme is BEST ADAPTATION OF A BOOK TO FILM. I don't get to read many books these days so I have very little experience to draw from for this theme. The last couple of books that I read that were made into movies were The Hunt for Red October and Howard Stern's Private Parts. I enjoyed both movies but I didn't feel they were true to the original novels. I've read a lot of Steven King but don't really like any of the film adaptations. Shawshank redemption is my favorite Steven King movie, but I never read the book.
So I decided to go way, way back to my school days for some inspiration. I stopped around 7th or 8th grade at the Dicken's classic - A Christmas Carol. I loved this book and there are probably 20 or 30 adaptations of this novel to the big screen. But my favorite is the 1951 movie Scrooge starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. I try to watch this every Christmas Eve (although I missed it this year). There's childhood Christmas magic going on in this movie that I really like.
The Macy's in center city Philadelphia has a Dicken's Village that is very true to the book and (I believe) this movie. We've taken the kids there several times over the years and they always enjoyed it. In fact, the last time we went we took two of their Jewish friends who were amazed by the village. I found out later from their parents that, being Jewish, they had never read the book or seen the movies. That was interesting.
Anyway, I love the scene where Ebenezer has the passing boy go buy the Christmas goose (couldn't find the clip) and the following scene:
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