Adaptation: Impossible Novels

Films, like novels are often admired for their reach rather than their grasp and many filmmakers either through ambition or through hubris have struggled to bring to the screen supposedly ‘unfilmmable’ novels. The effects can be uneven, flawed, equally they can sometimes be admirable and lead the essence of the novel into unimagined dimensions…

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