Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Books to Films

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 29 Jun 2007

--- Stephen Burridge <> wrote:

> Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is a classic of its
> kind (not hard-boiled
> or noir) and I'd say it's highly arguable whether
> the excellent and quite
> different Hitchcock film is superior.
> Speaking of mid-1930s Hitchcock, how about his
> adaptation of Conrad's "The
> Secret Agent", i.e. "Sabotage" (1936)? I certainly
> wouldn't say it's better
> than the novel, but it's quite a movie, in my
> opinion.
All of those films are in "The MacGuffin Vanishes: Notes on Hitchcock" on my website. You might want to read "Sabotage" since it's the essay that I pretty much had the most fun with. My only regret is that I couldn't find the book Vertigo was based on. So if it's Hitchcock, I been there, done that.



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