RARA-AVIS: Books different than movies

From: Graham Powell ( bleekerbooks@hotmail.com)
Date: 26 Aug 2003

I have not read IN A LONELY PLACE, but based on Woody Haut's description in PULP CULTURE, the movie is *very* different than the book. It's a wonderful movie, though, and I think that should be the criteria for movie adaptations, not "Is it faithful?" but "Is it good?". LA CONFIDENTIAL, for example, is not totally faithful to Ellroy's book, but it's a very good movie.

And I'm surprised no one has mentioned KISS ME DEADLY, which takes Mike-Hammer-as-crusading-knight and turns him into Mike-Hammer-violent-thug, but is also a terrific movie. Comments?


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