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message 1: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
Hi everyone,

It's been so quiet in this group so let's see if we can bring this back to life and set up a reading for July/August.

The two posts below contain the list of books/films to vote from for July/August's reading/screening.

I've linked all the book titles to their page here on Goodreads and all the film titles to their page on IMDB so you can get further information about anything you are unfamiliar with.

Everyone should list their top three choices in order of preference and I will award 3 points to your first choice, two points to your second choice and one point to your third choice.

I'll keep voting open until June 15 and will then tally the votes and let you all know the chosen selection for July/August.

message 2: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
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Book (Author)/Film (Director)

Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)/Under the Volcano (John Huston)
Street of Crocodiles (Bruno Schulz)/Street of Crocodiles (Quay Bros.)
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Anonymous)/This Unnameable Little Broom (Quay Bros.)
City of God (Paulo Lins)/City of God (Fernando Meirelles)
Hideous Kinky (Esther Freud)/Hideous Kinky (Gillies MacKinnon)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)/In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks)
King Solomon's Mines (H. Rider Haggard)/King Solomon's Mines (Compton Bennett)
The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler)/The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
Gone Baby Gone (Dennis Lehane)/Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)
Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)/Into the Wild (Sean Penn)
Crash (J. G. Ballard)/Crash (David Cronenberg)
Spider (Patrick McGrath)/Spider (David Cronenberg)
Effi Briest (Theodor Fontane)/Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Death in Venice (Thomas Mann)/Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Octave Mirbeau)/Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel)
Belle de Jour (Joseph Kessel)/Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel)
Ripley's Game (Patricia Highsmith)/The American Friend (Wim Wenders)
The Marquise of O (Heinrich von Kleist)/The Marquise of O (Eric Rohmer)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne)/Tristram Shandy (Michael Winterbottom)
Shoot the Piano Player (David Goodis)/Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut)
In a Bamboo Grove - in collection Rashomon (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)/Rashomon (Akira Kurasowa)
Cabal (Clive Barker)/Nightbreed (Clive Barker)
No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)/No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers)
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)/Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi)
The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)/The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz)
The Human Stain (Philip Roth)/The Human Stain (Robert Benton)
The Shining (Stephen King)/The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)

message 3: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
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Book (Author)/Film (Director)

The Sheltering Sky (Paul Bowles)/The Sheltering Sky (Bernardo Bertolucci)
Being There (Jerzy Kosinsky)/Being There (Hal Ashby)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)/Tess (Roman Polanski)
Viceroy of Ouidah (Bruce Chatwin)/Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)/Purple Noon (Rene Clement) & The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella)
The Thin Man (Dashiell Hammett)/The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke)
The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)/The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)/The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)
Double Indemnity (James M. Cain)/Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)/The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
Macbeth (William Shakespeare)/Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa) & The Tragedy of Macbeth (Roman Polanski)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Alfred Doblin)/Berlin Alexanderplatz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)/Slaughterhouse Five (George Roy Hill)
The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)/The Tin Drum (Volker Schlondorff)
Blow Up (Julio Cortazar)/Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Oscar & Lucinda (Peter Carey)/Oscar & Lucinda (Gillian Armstrong)
Blue Angel (Francine Prose)/Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg)
The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe)/The Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
The Loved One (Evelyn Waugh)/The Loved One (Tony Richardson)
The Collector (John Fowles)/The Collector (William Wyler)
The Chosen (Chaim Potok)/The Chosen (Jeremy Kagan)
The Pawnbroker (Edward Lewis Wallant)/The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)/Dracula (Tod Browning) & Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)/Atonement (Joe Wright)
The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (Heinrich Boll)/The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (Volker Schlondorff)

message 4: by David (new)

David (sfdavide) | 2 comments THe Maltese Falcon
The Collector
No Country For Old Men

message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim | 45 comments 1-berlin alexanderplatz
2-talented Mr Ripley
3belle de jour

message 6: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
Well, now that we're spreading the readings out over two months, I'm voting for Berlin Alexanderplatz too!

1 - Berlin Alexanderplatz
2 - Under the Volcano
3 - The Long Goodbye

message 7: by John (new)

John | 4 comments 1. In Cold Blood
2. Blow Up
3. Atonement

message 8: by Alison (last edited Jun 14, 2008 07:27PM) (new)

Alison 1. Into the Wild
2. The Long Goodbye
3. Ripley's Game

message 9: by Roy (new)

Roy | 3 comments pawnbroker
sheltering sky

message 10: by Natanya (new)

Natanya (libro333) | 1 comments 1. Into the wild

2. Atonement

3. The Long Goodbye

message 11: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
Just a quick reminder that Sunday is the last day to vote!

message 12: by Nikki (new)

Nikki | 8 comments 1. Under the Volcano
2. The Turn of the Screw
3. Blow Up

message 13: by Kimley (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
Well, this was a pretty low voter turnout which leads me to believe there just isn't enough interest in these monthly readings to keep them going.

We had a tie between Berlin Alexanderplatz and Into the Wild - each with 6 points but only two people choosing either one so it doesn't seem worth going forward with these.

But please remember that anyone can start a topic on any book/film they wish to discuss so don't hesitate to put something out there!

message 14: by Kate (new)

Kate Walker (wolfiesma) | 10 comments I saw Into the Wild recently and found it very disturbing. (Especially the ghoulish end.) I think I'll pick up a copy of the book and throw my thoughts out there.

message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

I read and saw Into the Wild- couldn't tell which was worse really. It's sad when Hollywood really "gets their hands on" something... the cinematography was very nice, but that didn't help enough to make me sit through the whole thing. The book reads like a long magazine article, and leaves me wanting so much more told in a very different way.
My two cents (albeit late).

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