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adaptation

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Country/ Year: USA 1931



“The Taming of the Shrew” becomes on screen the taming of Shakespeare’s snappy mockery of the battle of the sexes. Fading silent star Buster Keaton appears harrowingly uncomfortable in the lead.

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Three Came Home

Director: Jean Negulesco
Country/ Year: USA 1950



The ambitioned adaptation of Agnes Newton Keith’s memoirs as prisoner of war defeats its time-bound impetus due to the complex impersonations by Claudette Colbert and Sessue Hayakawa.

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I Cover the Waterfront

Director: James Cruze
Country/ Year: USA 1933



“Away from the city that hurts and knocks I’m standing alone by the desolate docks.” So it is, as in the jazz standard and title song, sparked by Max Miller’s eponymous novel about harbor hardship.

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Wizard of Oz

Director: Larry Semon
Country/ Year: USA 1925



Sad irony, that the word describing best Frank L. Baum’s marvelous tale is missing from the title: wonderful. The obscure burlesque is anything but, devoted to show off its director cum lead actor.

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Terror by Night

Director: Roy William Neill
Country/ Year: USA 1946



Inexpertly timed comic relief and a limpidly plotted enigma are unmissable clues that the next-to-last of the classic “Sherlock Holmes”-features is as drained as finally the whole movie series.

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Bulldog Drummond

Director: F. Richard Jones
Country/ Year: USA 1929



H. C. McNile’s series makes its smooth transition from pulp to pictures in this much praised early talkie. Still, it was the last film for Jones, who died shortly after, as it was the first of Joan Bennet.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Director: Michael Gordon
Country/ Year: USA 1950



Suffering under a nose just about as enormous as his wit, the voluble title character of the artfully staged filming betrays his own passion for a beauteous damsel by prompting his dull competitor.

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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

Director: Robert D. Webb
Country/ Year: USA 1954



Glorious cinemascope is the real star of this otherwise bland love story, that basically transports Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in the ethnically conflicted milieu of two clans of fisherman.

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Virus

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Country/ Year: Japan 1980



Hugely expensive and of epic length, the warning of the intertwined dangers of military science and paranoia qualifies as the „Heaven´s Gate“ of science fiction: a financial flop due to its pensiveness.

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One-Eyed Jacks

Director: Marlon Brando
Country/ Year: USA 1961



Rod Serling wrote a script which was rejected for Sam Peckinpah’s. Which was rejected again for that of Brando who also directed. If you want to know why only this one time, watch this.

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