My Movie Business

My Movie Business

by John Irving
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Guest More than 1 year ago
John Irving recounts his experiences adapting and finally seeing his sixth novel, 'The Cider House Rules,' made into the delightful 1999 film by Lasse Hallstrom. While this brief book is a bit disheveled (it seems as if Irving wrote all the chapters as perhaps journal entries and then edited and sequenced them), the insights into the difficult process of adapting his huge 1985 novel into a two-hour film is simply fascinating. Most surprisingly, he speaks with terse sincerity about the politics of the novel, yet he doesn't linger. He also mentions the ongoing adaptation of his novel 'A Son of the Circus,' as well as meting out some honest criticism about previous film adaptations of his novels (disappointingly, he fails to discuss the transition from 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' to the abysmal 'Simon Birch' (1998)). His anecdotes are well-chosen and often amusing, his discussions about choosing a director and casting the various roles intriguing, and his remembrance at playing the role of the Disapproving Stationmaster touching. Well worth the 170 pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rip-off! Irving just brags about his part in making movies form his books. Boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the new film 'The Cider House Rules' i was extremely excited to read Irving's memoir that is mostly about the making of the movie and the reason that it took thirteen years before it was completed. He explains in the memoir what it takes to transform a novel into a screenplay which in my opinion Irving does wonderfully. He writes with such elegance that the words flow right off the page and into the readers heart. I was so captured by the memoir that i ran out and read the novel of 'The Cider House Rules' which is also a great read and one i did not find easy to put down. Even though it is quite long, it is not tedious at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book would be particularly enjoyable for John Irving fans, it also offers the general reader, especially those inclined to writing novels or screenplays, a good look at how Irving approached transferring his novels to the screen. While one can get a better sense of how to technically write for film from countless how-to books, 'My Movie Business' renders more subtly Irving's approach, with several specific examples, of his attempts at transforming narrative into dialogue, and the often difficult choices he had to make. This memoir also offers up a glimpse of the film making process, and the stamina and determination often necessary to bring a project to fruition, replete with all the frustrating twists and turns usually involved. 'My Movie Business' also has chapters devoted to Irving's grandfather, and his views on abortion, all of which play an integral role in the themes explored in his novel 'The Cider House Rules' and in the latest film adaptation of the same name. Indeed, this film writing and making memoir is largely devoted to his latest film endeavor. Inside 'My Movie Business' there are healthy doses of the Irving sensibility and humor. One can't help but admire a novelist who gives such devotion and care to seeing that his work is rendered properly into another medium. This work is Irving's tale of how he strived to keep the elements of truth and artistic integrity intact within the confines of mainstream film.