Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is a English TV serie inspired by the book of Jennifer Worth (1935-2011) which contains the tell of her memories.

The serie has been created in 2012 by Heidi Thomas, an English director, on BBC One. It tells the story of a young woman named Jenny Lee, a midwife in London during the 50’s.

It has received great criticisms and a nomination to the British Academy Television Award in 2013.

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L.Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum is an amercian writer of the 20’s century mostly known for his children’s books. He had writen in 1900 a novel intitled The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz which tells the story of Dorothee a young girl who lives in Kansas and who is taken away with is house by a tornado and arrived in a wonderful country called Oz. She have to find a wizard to come back home in Kansas. It’s quiet an initiatory journey in a way because the character, Dorothee, is taken to an unknown place and she have to face many dificulties in the aim of returning home.

This story has been adapted on screen in 1939 into a musical directed by Victor Fleming staring with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr… This movie had totally take inspiration into the novel.

There is also a new adaptation of it that had been done quiet recently and which is a prequel of the first movie and novel. It’s intitled Oz, the Great and Powerful and had been directed by Sam Raimi. The four principal characters are interpreted by James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachelle Weisz.

I have seen both of those movies and I like both of them because they are actually very different, the first is a singing movie and it looks to be especially made for a children’s audience but in the second the director has played on the special effects to give a beautiful image.

The Walking Dead from comics to TV

Before becoming the well known TV serie staring with Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead was a comic books serie created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.

These comic books had been first published in 2003 and was at first initled Dead Planet ; it tells the story of a group lead by Rick Grimes, the main character, who tries to survive in an apocalyptic world invaded by zombies.

Warmly acclaim by the critics the comics had finally been adapted to screen into a TV serie directed by Franck Darabont

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally is an Australian writter of the 20th century mostly famous for his historical novel Shindler’s Ark written in 1982 and which retrace the story of a german manufacturer : Oskar Schindler.

During World War II, Oskar Schindler was a member of the nazi’s party, he has however saved more than a thousand Jews during that time with the help of his assistant by taking them as his employees in his factory. The Ark of the title refers to Noé’s ark because Oskar Schindler have tried to save many Jews as much as possible in his factory as Noé did with the animal species he can save.

The title was replaced in the movie adaptation of Steven Spielberg by Schindler’s List which here refers to the list of Jewish people Schindler wanted in his factory and has given to the german authorities.

All these elements retraced by Keneally in his book show that litterature is a way to transmit a message to influences the world and remind us of the horrible parts of the past.

I always delay the time when I will watch the movie adaptation because it’s a really sad and heartrending story but it’s seems really interesting.

The Wave by Todd Strasser

« The Wave » is a novel published by Todd Strasser in 1981 in the United States of America. This novel have been a real success all over the world, it was translated in 15 languages. It has been inspired by a true story called « The Third Wave » which was an experiment of psychology realised at Palo Alto High School in California in 1969 by an history teacher.

The novel repeat the chronology of the experiment made by the history teacher Ron Jones who had published an article in 1976. At the begining it just started with an typical lesson as we all have and then in about 2 weeks the experiment become a radical movement of totalitarian type. It remind us to the German and Russian regimes of the 1940’s because of their slogan « The force by the discipline, the force by the community, the force by the action » and also because of their logo and their salute which look like the one of the nazis. But the experiment turn out badly of course : most of the students become paranoïac, some are threaten by others… Then students created a movement of restistance against the experiment lead by Laurie who is the leader of the high school journal.

There’s also an adaptation of Ron Jones experiment to the screen but I didn’t watched it. However I have read the book and I recommend it it’s really interesting !

 

Bates Motel

Norman Bates is one of the most famous fictional character of the 20thcentury. He was created by Robert BLOCH in his famous novel Psycho published in 1959.

This story had inspired a lot of directors like of course Alfred HITCHCOCK but more recently the story had been adapted as a television serie untitled « Bates Motel ».

It retrace the story as we know it but based in the present time and Norman is actually just a teenager for now. The scene is settled in a really strange city so that Norman is surrounded by violence and fear and because of this we see him change in a bad way.

The principals characters are played by Vera Farminga, Norman’s mother, (who played in Conjuring) ; Freddie Highmore, Norman, (who played Charlie in Charlie and the chocolate factory!) and finally Max Thierot (who played in House at the End of the Street) and here Norman’s brother.

I really love this serie and I recommend it and if you want to know about the movie adaptation go look Colyne’s article!

 

 

Tell No One

Tell No One is a detective story published in 2001 by Harlan Coben. He is one of the most famous american thrillers’s writter of the end of the20thcentury and the begining of the 21st

This novel is about a woman who is force to fake her death with the help of her father because a rich family tries to kill her caused to what she knows about them ; but she can’t tell her husband that she still lives.

This novel has been adapted to the screen by the French director Guillaume Canet. The title means that actually her husband found out that she still lives but because she’s not quiet safe he had to « Tell no one ».

I didn’t read the book but I saw the movie and it’s quiet interesting I recommend it to you!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel it's a movie of Wes Anderson telling the story of a concierge, Mr. Gustave and one of his employees, Zero Mustafa, they both worked at The Grand Budapest Hotel which explains the title of the movie.

The movie had been inspired of the novels of Stefan Zweig a famous Austrian writer of Jewish origins born in 1881; he had to flee in the middle of the 1934's because of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

The characters also flee in the all movie because they had stolen a famous painting called "Boy with Apple" and we found the influence of the Stefan Zweig's novels because the director has set a fake army which represent the Nazi's army and the hate of strangers that the author has replaced in his autobiographic novel "The World of Yesterday". Stefan Zweig and his wife get suicide in 1942 not long after Hitler gave the order to killed Jewish people in Europe.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, also known as the « Queen of crime », is an English writter born in 1890. She’s well known for her two most important characters of novels : Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She’s one of the most important writter of the XIXs century and she’s very famous.

Lot of her novels had been adapted to cinema like Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile… Two of his novels had been adapted in movie in France : By the Picking of my Thumb and  Partners in Crime two movies with Catherine Frot and André Dussolier.

 

Much Ado About Nothing by Kenneth Branagh adapted from William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing is a play written by William Shakespeare around the edge of the XVIIs century.

The movie of Kenneth Branagh of the same name, published in 1993, is an adaptation of this play. The principal actors are Kenneth Branagh himself, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington…The story took place in Sicilia, it’s about several love stories for exemple between Beatris (Emma Thompson) and Benedict (Kenneth Branagh)…The lovers have to fight against several  problems but it’s a story with an happy end because it’s a romantic comedy.

It’s not my favorite movie but I recommend you to see it, it’s very interesting to see one of Shakespeare’s play adapt in a movie.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel of John Steinbeck published in 1939. It tell the story of an American family who’s forced to leave their home in Oklahoma because of the Great Depression, the period of crisis in America around 1929. The Joad’s family is composed of agricultural workers; one day the banks took position of their farms and told them they had to leave. This story tell the exodus of the all agricultural workers of Oklahoma who moved to California with the point of view of this family.

This story had inspired John Ford who had directed the movie of the same name in 1940 with a famous actor : Henry Fonda.

I did’nt read the book but I recommend you to watch the movie which is really great!

Harry Potter seen by Jon Cozart

   Jon Cozart, is a 20 years old american student, also known as Paint, who makes songs on Youtube. He get famous with a song about Harry Potter : he makes a summary of the famous movies by singing on the original musical theme. It’s a funny way to discover the saga if you didn’t see it (I think everyone had seen at least one of the Harry Potter‘s movies !) In this video he sum up the seven movies in 99 seconds!

 

Lewis Caroll : Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Caroll was a brilliant photographer, mathematician and writer of the 19th century. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dogson, he was born in England in1832 and died in 1898.

He’s mostly famous thanks to his book Alice in Wonderland published in 1865.  He tells a story to a young girl named Alice Liddell who suggest to write this story and published it. This little girl had inspired the name of the main character : Alice, arrived in a world of nonsense.

The huge success of this book had generated his sequel : Threw the looking glass and what Alice found there, published in 1872.

Those books had inspired lot of director : from the first film about Alice in 1903 to the well known Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton.

Frankenstein : The drama

Last week we saw a theatre representation of the famous novel  Frankenstein. The actors were an English troup called  THEATRE EN ANGLAIS

Frankenstein his the story of Sir Victor Frankenstein who had been created a monster with dead pieces of body. He had marry Elizabeth, his adoption sister.  After studying he became Dr Victor Frankenstein.

On stage they were four English actors, they had to play on a stage that they didn’t even know one hour before. There was a very well done scene : the actors were playing a kind of « slow motion » like in the movies.This was a very interesting drama, the actors’ playing was very interesting, it was really great because we could understand what they were saying, they were speaking clearly and distincly.