Friday, July 24, 2015

Movie Title vs Book Title

It's summer time and like many others, I've been going to the movies. One of my favorite parts about watching movies isn't the film itself but the trailers for upcoming motion pictures. These advance previews let me know what's coming and help me decide if I want to see the film being touted, especially if I am familiar with it's source material.

As many know, the title of a film is not always the same as the title of the book upon which it is based. Finding that little tidbit of information is something like a treasure hunt and for me, in my position as a Collection Development Manager, it can be vital. 

Some, if not hoards, of customers will come to the library wishing to check out the book that goes with the movie they just saw. It is in the library's best interest for serving our customers, to have copies of the book on hand. And I am the one who needs to make sure we order the book if we don't already have it, replace old ratty copies as necessary, or get additional copies if needed to meet demand.

So, to assist other potential treasure hunters, I offer the following tidbits for some motion pictures coming out this Fall ...

If you have customers ask about the film MrHolmes starring Ian McKellen, which hit theaters last Friday, 7/17/15 ...

Keep in mind, the film is based on a book by Mitch Cullin titled A Slight Trick of the Mind - a tale set in 1947 with a 93-year old, retired Sherlock Holmes trying to deal with the fading powers of his mind.


Set to hit the big screen September 25th is Everest starring Jake Gyllenhall, Jason Clark, Kiera Knightly, Robin Wright, and Josh Brolin. The film is adapted from Jon Krakauer's contemporary classic Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air is the author's personal account of tragic events on Mount Everest in 1996 when eight climbers died and several others were stranded during a storm.

October 16, 2015 will see the release of a new Steven Spielberg film titled Bridge of Spies. Starring Tom Hanks, Alan Alda and Mark Rylance, the motion picture is based on events related in Strangers on a Bridge (1964) by James B. Donovan.

Donovan writes his account of the Cold War spy exchange that took place February 10, 1962 on the Glienicke Bridge (the famous "Bridge of Spies") which linked East and West Berlin.

And on December 18th, Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, will arrive in theaters. The film is based on The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.
    "More than sixty years after it was published, this groundbreaking novel is going Hollywood with Carol. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are superbly cast as a pair of star-crossed lovers in 1950s New York whose relationship becomes fodder for blackmail. While the script was written fifteen years ago, the female-driven storyline struggled to find support. Skeptics were disproven when the premiere got a standing ovation at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d’Or." (Off the Shelf)

    And here is one more which happens to be a bit more complicated ...

    The motion picture The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, and Charlott Le Bon, is scheduled for release October 9, 2015. 

    The Walk is "the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974." (IMDB)

    IMDB's 'Writing Credits' list the book source as To Reach the Clouds (2002) by Phillip Petit. The book was re-released in 2008 as Man on Wire and then most recently in 2015, as simply The Wire to tie in with the feature film.


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