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Old 23rd Apr 2007, 19:44   #18
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Default Re: George Eliot: Middlemarch

Originally Posted by Colyngbourne View Post
And the news is that Andrew Davies is going to adapt Middlemarch (again but much shorter) for a film version by Sam Mendes. I am unconvinced that it is possible to render the story any justice in such a format: what do you think?
Col, I agree. I haven't seen the Masterpiece Theater adaptation and I am not sure I would want to see it or the new film.

I am generally not one to see movies based on books if I've read the book and liked it. I think that would apply even more so to Middlemarch. The book is so rich and complex that naturally a lot of the minior characters and events would have to be dropped to make it into a reasonable lenght film. To me, however, it was all those minor characters and dialog that made the book so special.

In all honesty, I don't even understand why anyone would want to make a book of that caliber into a feature film. The idea is lost on me. I don't believe it would work.
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