“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

It's simple Hollywood math: the most popular novel of the year--or even of the decade--has been read by just a fraction of the number of people who've seen the movie version of the novel. The subject of my last post was Mario Puzo's novel, The Godfather, and the Francis Ford ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood versus the Novel, Part 2

Following up on my last post, here is a look at the closing scene of the second of three classic Hollywood movies and the closing lines of the novel on which it is based. While almost all of us have seen and can even recite lines from the 1939 MGM motion picture ...