RARA-AVIS: Re: To Have and Have Not

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 16 Jan 2002

miker wrote:

>have you seen the movie? its pathetic and deplorable. the story's not
>even close. the movie people were obviously trying to create another casa-

Well, a book's a book, and a movie's a movie. While the film doesn't have that much to do with the book, it isn't quite the mess you make it out to be. On it's own terms, it's pretty enjoyable, in fact. The final released version of 1946 THE BIG SLEEP has little to do with the book, either, but some people get a kick out of it. Not following a book it's supposedly based on isn't always a tragedy. Though it is disappointing for those who love a book to see it merely used as a starting point when it's brought to the screen.

Beyond the obvious choice of THE MALTESE FALCON, what are some of the most faithful adaptations of hard-boiled novels into films? And what are some of the least faithful?

By the way, I'm surprised you like Hemingway at all, what with all those big, manly capital letters he used. I figured ee cummings was more your style.


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