Books on Film Collection (Books on Film Series)

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Now you won't have to wonder if the book really is better than the movie! Get five classic novels and their cinematic counterparts for an unbeatable price. Each pairing features the paperback edition of the novel with a new, beautifully designed cover, and a DVD of the feature film—all conveniently packaged in a sturdy case. The Books on ...
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Now you won't have to wonder if the book really is better than the movie! Get five classic novels and their cinematic counterparts for an unbeatable price. Each pairing features the paperback edition of the novel with a new, beautifully designed cover, and a DVD of the feature film—all conveniently packaged in a sturdy case. The Books on Film Collection includes:
  • The Age of Innocence
  • The Hound of Baskervilles
  • Little Women
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Sense & Sensibility
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton's 1920 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is a masterful portrait of desire and betrayal set during the sumptuous Gilded Age of Old New York, a time when society dreaded scandal more than death. This is Newland Archer's milieu as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it. The book features a new introduction by Chris Chang, senior editor at Film Comment.

Martin Scorsese, one of the great directors of our time, directs Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder in this luminous adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel. Scorsese's psychologically astute and powerfully romantic film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1993.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is Arthur Conan Doyle's third Sherlock Holmes novel.First published in 1902, it remains the most popular of all the great detective's adventures. In this masterpiece of mystery, the always logical Holmes is called on to investigate the shocking death of Sir Charles Baskerville outside his ancestral hall on the desolate Devonshire moors. Although he dismisses the theory that the man was killed by the huge spectral hound which local legend claims haunts the Baskerville family, Holmes partners with his faithful sidekick Watson to investigate the strange goings-on, and hopefully to prevent the murder of Baskerville's heir, Sir Henry. The book features a new introduction by Maitland McDonagh, former senior movies editor for TV Guide and author of numerous books, including Movie Lust. Many actors have played Sherlock Holmes in films and television series over the years, but none has created a more iconic performance than the suave and elegant Basil Rathbone.

Sidney Lanfield's brooding and atmospheric 1939 adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles was Rathbone's first appearance as Holmes, a role he reprised a dozen times over the next several years. This film also marks the first appearance of Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Rathbone and Bruce would star in several more Sherlock Holmes films throughout forties, though none would be remembered so fondly as The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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Generations of readers young and old have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to one another and the hardships they face as a family in Civil War-era New England. As the years pass, the sisters share some of their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery, as they navigate issues of independence, romance, and virtue. The book features a new introduction by Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly film critic and member of the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winona Ryder and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon star in this heartwarming family favorite directed by Gillian Armstrong (Oscar and Lucinda). With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her little women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder, in an Oscar-nominated performance), conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado), fragile Beth (Claire Danes), and romantic Amy (played at different ages by Kristen Dunst and Samantha Mathis). Gabriel Byrne, Eric Stoltz, and Christian Bale co-star in this "handcrafted valentine" (Newsweek) of a film.
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A cautionary tale of modern science run amok and a classic Gothic thriller, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the personal chronicle of Victor Frankenstein, a dedicated science student obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." In his secret laboratory, Frankenstein assembles a human replica from stolen body parts, but upon bringing it to life he recoils in horror at the creature's hideous soullessness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and embarks on a campaign of murderous revenge against its creator. The novel features a new introduction by Maitland McDonagh, former senior movies editor for TV Guide and author of numerous books, including Movie Lust.

Critics praised Kenneth's Branagh's 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a thrilling modern horror story that remained true to the original novel. Branagh himself plays the young doctor whose obsession with death leads him to create life. But his "creature" (De Niro), crafted surgically from the parts of exhumed corpses, is a hideous mockery of humanity. A vivid cinematic adaptation that is both emotionally complex and truly terrifying.
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Jane Austen's first novel, Sense & Sensibility, published in 1811, is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two temperamentally opposite sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor's reason nor Marianne's passion can lead them to perfect happiness—as Elinor becomes attached to a suitor who is already betrothed to another and Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal. Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense & Sensibility reminds readers that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion. The book features a new introduction by Laura Kern, managing editor at Film Comment.

This beloved romantic comedy—the first English-language film by director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)—topped critics' ten-best lists and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture of the Year in 1995. The Dashwood sisters are played by Emma Thompson (Elinor), who also wrote the screenplay, and Kate Winslet (Marianne). Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Greg Wise co-star as the well-intentioned suitors who are trapped by the strict rules of society and the conflicting laws of desire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615513505
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Books on Film Series
  • Edition description: Book and DVD
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 14.30 (h) x 9.40 (d)

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