Beloved book, wonderful film: Mrs. Harris goes to Paris
And four other film adaptations of popular novels
1958, Paul Gallico’s novel Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Paris introduced the adorable title character to the world. In the book, London cleaning lady Mrs. Harris falls in love with a Dior dress and is determined to go to Paris and get one for herself. The brave heroine of the book proved so popular that three more novels –Mrs. ‘Arris is going to New York, Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Parliamentand Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Moscow-followed. Writer/director Anthony Fabian, who loved the original novel, wanted to expand Gallico’s enchanting fable into a full-length feature film. “The book conveys the foundation of the story,” explains Fabian. “Finally, I wanted to suggest that as she embarks on this journey, Ada Harris’s heart is healed.” With Lesley Manville, who played Mrs. Harris and the House of Dior on board to bring her stunning gowns to the screen, Fabian brought the beloved novel to life.
With Mrs. Harris goes to Paris in theaters July 15, we remember other remarkable films that transformed beloved novels into unforgettable films.
Jane Austen couldn’t have been more wrong when writing about her new novel Emma, “I’m going to take a heroine that no one but me will like.” The “handsome, smart, and rich” young woman whose terrible mediation skills propel the novel’s plot has become one of Austen’s most cherished characters. In adapting the novel to the screen Emma.Director Autumn de Wilde and screenwriter Eleanor Catton – who won the Man Booker Prize for her own novel, The lights— highlighted Austen’s sharp-edged wit by introducing the story’s protagonist, flaws and all. “I wanted to bring out the humor,” de Wilde exclaimed, “to poke fun at human nature and the hubris of youth.” With Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma, the filmmakers not only retold Austen’s storyline, but the lively one as well Spirit that defines him, captured on film Emma (both the book and the character) so delightful. Screenrant sums up the charm of EMMA. together, describing the film perfectly as “quirky nuanced, full of vibrant colour, a whimsical soundtrack, deliciously eccentric performances and a smooth poise akin to the story’s eponymous character.”
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if Emma is Austen’s most delicious story, pride and prejudice is probably her masterpiece. Voted the fifth most popular book of all time in a Facebook poll, pride and prejudiceThe tender romance of has captivated readers throughout the story. In his adaptation, Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright goes beyond simply recreating the beguiling romance between Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightly) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) and recreates the world in which they lived. Wright absorbs the chaotic context of the novel’s economy and political reality. The Bennet family struggles to maintain the way of life that their class position demands of them. The charming local balls hide a geopolitical menace sweeping through Europe. “The French Revolution has just happened and the aristocracy is afraid that the lower classes will rise up in arms against them,” explains Wright. “Instead of isolating themselves, they have assimilated. So Darcy and Bingley go to that first meeting dance.” In Pride and Prejudice, Wright lets the book open and breathe. “With his signature long shot, Wright invites viewers into the world of the Bennets,” says Den of Geek, “from the homey, organic clutter of the Bennet home to the merry chaos of a ballroom. pride and prejudice never felt so lived.”
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Miss Pettigrew lives for a day
In 1938, Winifred Watson, a popular author of rural romance, recalls how my publishers were “appalled” when she submitted her new novel Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. The urban tale of a governess who teams up with a sexy nightclub singer was not at all what they expected from its author. But the novel’s rollicking story about sexy High-Jinx was a huge hit in both Britain and America. Universal Pictures even bought the rights to turn the book into a musical. Within a year, however, America’s entry into World War II changed the public’s appetite for stories about nightclubs and negligees. Half a century later, the beloved book was revived in a film. Bharat Nalluri’s adaptation of Miss Pettigrew lives for a day starring Frances McDormand as the title character and Amy Adams as the glamorous chanteuse, Delysia Lafosse brought back the unbridled readership fun found in the 1938 novel. Even screenwriter David Magee recalls, “I ended many days writing this film with a smile.” His sheer delight carried over into the film. Let’s call it “a great adaptation” of the novel.” The Chronicle of San Francisco writes, “Frothy and exuberantly entertaining … it’s this year’s best romantic comedy yet.”
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When David Nicholls published his novel Someday, he had no idea how his ingeniously planned story would take the world by storm. For nearly 20 years, Nicholls has followed his two main characters, Emma and Dex, on July 15th, charting the growth of a relationship and touching hearts of people everywhere. The book became a publishing phenomenon, selling five million copies worldwide and winning Britain’s Galaxy Book of the Year. Nicholls, who is also a screenwriter, filmed his novel. With Anne Hathaway as Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dex, Lone Scherfigs Someday brought to the screen the funny, tense, and deeply moving relationship that made so many readers fall in love with the book. As United States today Remarks, “Someday is a painful love story, but also an insightful look at human potential and the quest for a meaningful existence.”
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