On Mondays and Wednesdays during November, US Channel TCM will devote 24 hours of programming to films adapted from novels. With a career that owes a lot to literary adaptations, Dan was an obvious choice to talk about literary films that have had an impact on him. You can watch Dan talking about Brighton Rock here, and the trailer for the season here.
GREAT ADAPTATIONS: Novel to Film Mondays and Wednesdays in November.
Among the greatest satisfactions for movie fans is seeing a beloved novel successfully transferred to the screen, or reading a book that provided the basis for a favorite film. With this blockbuster of a festival, Turner Classic Movies puts a spotlight on cinematic treatments of great novels in a wide array of genres, encompassing 92 movies and a huge number and variety of subjects.
On most Mondays and Wednesdays, 24-hour blocks of programming are devoted to single themes starting in primetime and continuing into the following day. An exception is November 21, when the genre of Southern Literature (including such classic films as 1939′s Gone With the Wind and 1962′s To Kill a Mockingbird) gives way to Stories for Children and Young Adults on Thanksgiving Day. In the latter category is an entertaining TCM premiere, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), starring 10-year-old Shirley Temple and inspired by Kate Douglas Wiggin’s much-loved bucolic novel.
Two other themes feature TCM premieres. Adventure Novels include Jack London’s often-filmed Far North adventure The Call of the Wild in a 1935 version starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young. Among Western Novels is Apache Territory (1958), adapted from the Louis L’Amour novel, with Rory Calhoun as the leader of a small band of travelers threatened by Indians.
Numerous other highlights include cinematic adaptations of American Literature (John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, 1940; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, 1974), National Book Award Winners and Finalists (Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955; James Jones’ From Here to Eternity, 1953) and British Literature (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, 1940; Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, 1943).
Selected guests including actors Dane DeHaan, Griffin Dunne, Jack Huston and Daniel Radcliffe will appear to comment on how literary movies have affected and inspired them.
Thanks to Star for pointing out the original post at Harry Potter’s Page and Titch for the link to the trailer.
There is a charming article on the Canadian website, The Province, reporting on Dan’s current project, Horns.
“It’s a metamorphosis story, but the thing that excited me was that tonally it wasn’t like anything I had read,” he says.
“It was both incredibly dark — like really dark and violent, and full of classic horror stuff — but also it has a very dry sense of humour.”
It’s a dialogue-heavy scene, “which I love,” says Radcliffe, maintaining his character’s American accent even off camera.
“The nature of the horns means that any time I meet somebody, they end up telling me their deepest, darkest revelations. So even a small scene like this becomes incredibly intense.”
As to that American accent, “there are certain words — murderer is a hard word to say because there’s so many f—ing Rs in it, and girlfriend. Now, unfortunately those are two of the words I use most in this movie.”
Click the read more for pictures of Dan on the set of Horns, and for a still from the F Word.
There’s now an official webpage for A Young Doctor’s Notebook, which is scheduled to air from Thursday, 6th December on Sky Arts. As the air date draws nearer, we can expect to see a trailer and interviews, so watch this space.
The synopsis: A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a four-part comedy drama based on a collection of short stories by the celebrated Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. The drama recounts Bulgakov’s semi-autobiographical experiences as a young doctor working in the small village of Muryovo at the dawn of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Recounting from his notebooks, the Doctor considers his life and career as he tries to treat the patients of a village that is struggling to enter the modern age. Dealing not only with the superstitious and poorly educated patients but with his own inner demons, the doctor reveals doubts about his own competence and struggles with the immense burden of medical responsibility.
As the air date draws nearer, we can expect to see a trailer and interviews, so watch this space.
Thanks to Titch for the find.