Book tours

By David Sturm, Copyright © 1996


Lots of movies are made from books, but not all genuflect at the altar of literature. In some cases, the cultural significance of a book is so great any movie made from the book is forever in the book's shadow. That is the case in these movies. The worthiest film treatments of William Shakespeare's plays are included here.

"Little Women" (1933), directed by George Cukor from Louisa May Alcott's novel.

"Of Human Bondage" (1934), directed by John Cromwell from W. Somerset Maugham's novel.

"David Copperfield" (1935), directed by George Cukor from the novel by Charles Dickens.

"The Good Earth" (1937), directed by Sidney Franklin from the novel by Pearl Buck.

"Wuthering Heights" (1939), directed by William Wyler from the novel by Emily Bronte.

"Of Mice and Men" (1939), directed by Lewis Milestone from the novel by John Steinbeck.

"Great Expectations" (1946), directed by David Lean from the novel by Charles Dickens.

"Macbeth" (1948), directed by Orson Welles from the play by Shakespeare.

"Hamlet" (1948), directed by Laurence Olivier from the play by Shakespeare.

"Madame Bovary" (1949), directed by Vincent Minnelli from the novel by Gustave Flaubert.

"Othello" (1952), directed by Orson Welles from the play by Shakespeare.

"Julius Caesar" (1953), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz from the play by Shakespeare.

"Henry V" (1954), directed by Laurence Olivier from the play by Shakespeare.

"Moby Dick" (1956), directed by John Huston from Herman Melville's novel.

"Billy Budd" (1962), directed by Peter Ustinov from Herman Melville's novel.

"The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), directed by Franco Zeffirelli from the play by Shakespeare.

"Far from the Madding Crowd" (1967), directed by John Schlesinger from the novel by Thomas Hardy.

"Romeo and Juliet" (1968), directed by Franco Zeffirelli from the play by Shakespeare.

"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1979), directed by Joseph Strick from the novel by James Joyce.

"The Dead" (1987), directed by John Huston from the novel by James Joyce.

"Henry V" (1989), directed by Kenneth Branagh from the play by Shakespeare.

"Of Mice and Men" (1992), directed by Gary Sinise from the novel by John Steinbeck.

"Howard's End" (1992), directed by James Ivory from the novel by E.M. Forster.


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