Films and Books 2014-10-03, 17:17:39 Sometimes they make both a book and a film out of the same story, such as all Michael Crichton or all Stephen King...This thread is to share and discuss literature and cinematography as art forms and personal passion, not as mere entertainment. List your favourites and discuss MY BOOKS TOP 5Mika Waltari, SinuheMilan Kundera, ImmortalityW.S.Maugham, Of Human BondageGhazali, Niche of LightsVidyaranya, PanchadasiMY FILMS TOP 5Miyazaki, Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushiChaplin, City LightsKromanov, Põrgupõhja uus vanapagan (1964)Nair, Salaam BombayPetersen, Das Boot (1981 original, not the lengthened director's cut)COMMENTSIn my list, the books Sinuhe and Of Human Bondage have made it to film. I have seen the films Sinuhe by Michael Curtiz, 1954, and the British Of Human Bondage from 1934. While re-written well into self-contained films, they are necessarily limited compared to the books. The novels are true epics and cannot be properly transferred to film (unless one is ready for lengthy soap-operatic TV series).Among films in my list, I have heard that Das Boot was originally a novel, but I haven't read it. Põrgupõhja uus vanapagan is a novella by the most celebrated Estonian author Tammsaare, based on Estonian folk tales. The film version is by one of the very few Estonian directors who is worth to be called a director at all. Estonian cinematography in general never was worth watching, but Kromanov almost has a touch of Ingmar Bergman. Estonian writers are generally recommendable though.