It is generally agreed that motion picture adaptations of books rarely exceed the quality and entertainment value of the novels. But there have been plenty of exceptions to the rule. It is not an insult to the author, but perhaps to the talent of the filmmakers who successfully brought the writer’s words to the silver screen. Although there are plenty of film adaptations that were better than the books themselves, here are a few that stand out. Purple Noon Patricia Highsmith’s intense psychological thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley, will go down as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The sequels were bland affairs, but Highsmith’s initial 1955 crime story is an incredible read.
When people think of adaptations, they will remember the passable 1999 movie of the same name, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. But there was a French film made in 1960 titled P...
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