"The book is much better" is the type of criticism that 99% of film adaptations receive, and its creators are fiercely criticized for misinterpretation, deviations from the original plot, choice of locations, etc. However, there are welcome exceptions, the list of which is given below.
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There are two things worth mentioning at the outset. First of all, most of the movies on this list are based on excellent books, but the quality of the screen version allows us to talk about the equality or even superiority of the latter.
Second, we can't rely on our own movie preferences, so we only feature screen adaptations that have won major industry awards and received public acclaim.
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"The Godfather". Directed by. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972. Based on the homonymous book by Mario Puso
Mario Puzo's eponymous book is undoubtedly a masterpiece and one of the best detective novels ever written.
However, the film version of Copolla, with Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, has become more than just a blockbuster on the screen: the film about the family of Italian mobster Vito Corleone is assured in all rankings and peaks, it is considered a must-see for film school students around the world and is already considered an industry classic.
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"Schindler's List". Directed by. Steven Spielberg, 1993. Based on the book by Thomas Keneally "Schindler's Ark."
Actually, the Australian novelist Thomas Kenneally, who wrote Schindler's Ark, cannot be considered the originator of the idea, since the story is based on true events. During World War II, Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party NSDAP, saved the lives of more than 1.000 Jews in Poland by placing them in his companies and thus preventing them from ending up in the ghetto.
Spielberg's film about these events garnered a ton of awards, including several Oscars, and both main characters (Amon Goeth, played by Rafe Fiennes, and Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson) ranked 15th on lists of top villains. and movie heroes, respectively.
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"Slumdog Millionaire". Directed by. Danny Boyle and Loveline Tandan, 2008. Based on the book "The Question and the Answer" by Vikas Swarup.
The story of a poor Mumbai waiter who is one step away from winning Rs 20 crores in an intellectual quiz has garnered 8 Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globes, and there was no one among the critics who declared these awards undeserved.
As for Vikas Swarup's book, it is aimed more at the Indian reader, has a distinctive writing style and contains several Bollywood bits, which is not to everyone's taste.
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"The old don't belong here." Directed by the Coen brothers, 2007. Based on the book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy
By the time of Old Men Don't Belong Here, McCarthy was already such a venerable and respected writer that another masterpiece simply blended in with his other creations (like the novel The Road, for which the author won a Pulitzer Prize).
But the film version, elegantly performed by the Coen brothers, was the best film of the year and ranked in the top ten of the decade (5th) by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
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"Forrest Gump". Directed by. Robert Zemeckis, 1994. Based on the book of the same name by Winston Groom
Groom's novel, written in the style of bitter satire on behalf of a mentally retarded young man, was very popular immediately after its release, but then it was completely overshadowed by Robert Zemeckis's cult masterpiece in every way.
By the way, screenwriter Eric Roth noticeably changed not only the plot, but also reworked Forrest himself. In the book, Gump is no stranger to sex and drugs, diluting an overly busy life with rescuing Mao Zedong and flying into space, while the film's hero, in Tom Hanks' brilliant performance, is more realistic and innocent, which was liked by the viewer.
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"The silence of the lambs". Directed by. Jonathan Demme, 1991. Based on the book of the same name by Thomas Harris
Another case where comparing a great novel and its film adaptation is totally wrong, but it is necessary to mention Jonathan Demme's thriller in this selection. And although Harris's book, The Silence of the Lambs, made the list of the 100 best detective novels of all time (a list compiled by the British and American Detective Writers Associations), the adaptation became the third film in history to win an Oscar in five of the most prestigious nominations.
Surprisingly, the creators minimally altered the story of murderous psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and FBI employee Clarissa Starling (Jodie Foster), which appealed to fans of the original.
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"A flight over the cuckoo's nest". Directed by. Milos Forman, 1975. Based on the book of the same name by Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey's novel "A Flight Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was originally written as a student paper while he was at Stanford, but immediately after its publication it became a bestseller, a bedside book for every hippie. self-respecting and ended up entering Time magazine's 100 best literary works.
As for Czech-American director Milos Forman's 1975 adaptation, it was criticized rather harshly by Kesey himself (rare is an author who doesn't chide filmmakers based on his books), but it ultimately became one of recognized masterpieces of cinema. While The Silence of the Lambs was the third film in history to win five prestigious Oscars, A Flight Over the Cuckoo's Nest was the second.