Criterion Collection: Film Adaptations

by splicedcomma


Criterion Collection, the distributor of both old and contemporary films, has compiled a list of its films that are adaptations from novels: Novels on the Big Screen.

There’s a long-held and widespread feeling that a movie adaptation of a novel is never as good as the source. It’s easy to see how this became received wisdom, given the sheer difficulty of translating a plot that unfolds over hundreds of pages to a feature-length film’s running time, the immensity of the passions and mysteries that a novel can hold. The challenge for the film version is to function as its own work of art while at the same time reflecting a previously established perspective. But there have been many films that brilliantly interpret the literary universes they take on.