4.  British literature into film
a. British Novel (in alphabetical order)

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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate a scandal in Bohemia involving Irene Adler, chalk drawings of dancing men, the identity of a crooked man, a missing naval treaty, a solitary cyclist's mysterious follower, the dangers of a speckled band, and a blue carbuncle found in the crop of a goose.  -- IMDb
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Imaginatively rendered but slightly chilly, this 1951 Disney adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic is also appropriately surreal. Alice has all the anticipated experiences: shrinking and growing, meeting the White Rabbit, having tea with the Mad Hatter, etc. Characterization is very strong, and the Disney team worked hard to bring screen personality to Carroll's eccentric creations. For a Disney film, however, it seems more the self-satisfied sum of its inventiveness than a truly engaging experience.  -- Amazon
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Beowulf (1999)

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Beowulf translates the ancient epic poem of the same name into a postapocalyptic Road Warrior-style future, in which a military outpost is being invaded by a monstrous, blood-thirsty creature. Drawn hither by the evil emanations comes Beowulf (Christopher Lambert from Subway and the Highlander series), a powerful warrior with dark secrets of his own. There he meets the beautiful Kyra (Rhona Mitra), a woman warrior with a couple of cleavage-revealing outfits. Her father Hrothgar, meanwhile, is haunted by dreams of a blond, seminaked succubus with crimped hair, who has some mysterious connection to the murdering monster. Everyone, even father and daughter, has a different accent. It's all pretty trashy--the script is full of bravura lines like, "The only thing that keeps me from becoming evil is fighting evil"--but the cinematography and special effects are capable, there are lots of cool-looking swords and weaponry, and there's some pleasantly cheesy techno-metal music that plays intermittently for no good reason. Christopher Lambert, with white hair and a full-length leather duster, looks a little bored, but he's still his competent brooding action-hero self. If you enjoyed Mortal Kombat, this is right up your alley. --Bret Fetzer -- From Amazon  

Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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The otherworldly landscape of Iceland lends an appropriate touch of dark fantasy to this modern retelling of Beowulf, the oldest epic poem in the English language. Gerard Butler (The Phantom of the Opera) brings the right balance of physicality and world-weariness as the Swedish hero Beowulf, who travels to Denmark to fight the monstrous troll Grendel (Icelandic superstar Ignvar Sigurdsson), which has been plaguing the house of King Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård, buried under a mound of prosthetic hair). However, what transpires is not a battle between good and evil, but a convoluted mystery of sorts, with Beowulf playing the detective who discovers that his foe is more human than monster, and Hrothgar less wronged innocent than catalyst for his own downfall. Director Sturla Gunnarsson succeeds in pulling this legendary story from the dust of academics by contemporizing the dialogue (Andrew Rai Berzins has an excellent ear for hard-bitten palaver), and his visuals are nothing less than striking, but the film attempts to be both monster movie and melancholy drama, while never quite satisfying the requirements of either genre. Regardless, the quality cast (which includes Sarah Polley from Dawn of the Dead as a sharp-tongued witch with a connection to Grendel) and some well-handled action sequences should hold viewers’ attention even when the unnecessarily complex plot does not. --Paul Gaita -- From Amazon  

Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons (2003)

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It provides good background information on the culture of the Anglo- Saxons and the context of the Beowulf epic. Its best features are the recreations, the footage of the Sutton Hoo site and some of its treasures, and the actual recitation of some of the poem in the Old English ( very interesting to hear). The lecture that makes up the bulk of the narrative is of the type you might expect were you to attend a seminar at the Sutton Hoo site or some similar History for amateur enthusiast's event, but it is just enough material for a student starting to study this period or the poem.   The only drawback is that the production company was obviously short on funds and towards the final third of the hour+ production, the visuals start to repeat- we see the same spinning helmet, the same burning lake, the same warriors tipping back the drinking horn once again-this is where my kids start laughing and go back to reading another book while I tell them to hang in there the material is worth it. But then, this isn't New Line Cinema, so you have to adjust your expectations. One especially good extra is the re-enactment segment.  --  From Amazon  

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The Collector (John Fowles)

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佛萊第是一個一本正經,小心勤愼的銀行職員,唯一的樂趣就是蒐集蝴蝶.有一次,他中了彩券,在郊區買下了一幢房子.他有一個思幕已久的美術學校,一天有了機會,用蒙汗藥靶她弄昏,帶到這所房子堥
"The Canterbury Tales" (Pasolini)  

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Pasolini's startling candor and ribald humor illuminate these classic tales of romance, deception , murder and lust.
The Comedians (Graham Greene)

(Color, 2 hrs. 32 mins; MGM/UA Home Video)

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"A thoughtful, thought-provoking work.. it is Graham Greene writing at the height of his powers."-- Arthur Knight, Saturday Review

Echoing the same all-consuming desire that epitomized their mercurial off-screen relationship, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor deliver superlative performances in this powerful drama of politics and passion. Adapting his own best-selling novel for the screen, distinguished author Graham Greene delivers a devastating indictment of Haitian director "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his regime of terror that reigned in the late 60's.

Entwined in this maelstrom of oppression are Greene's odd assortment of players, including Burton, the cynical hotelier; Talor, his sex-starved Berman mistress; Alec Guinnes, a sleazy, breezy arms merchant and James Earl Jones, a valiant but resigned doctor.

With an underlying chill amid the tropical scorch, Greene and director Peter Blenville (Becket) capture the atmosphere of a country ravaged by despair and moral decay. But it's from these ashes that rise human dignity and compassion, delivering hope, and with The Comedians, a rewarding film experience.

A Christmas Carol (Edwin L. Marin)

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Overworked and underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit and his loving family hope for a holiday of feasting and good cheer. Crachit's rich employer Ebenezer Scrooge scoffs at Victorian London's Yuletide spirit, threatening both his immortal soul and the Crachits' Christmas. Terry Kilburn portrays Crachits' endearing, frail, crippled son Tiny Tim.
A Christmas Carol (Brian Desmond Hurst)

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自從發財以後, Scrooge成為一苛薄吝嗇但不快樂的生意人,直到聖誕節那天,先後出現了三個靈魂,帶他回顧過去,透視未來,反省現在的生活,他省悟了人生的眞諦

A Christmas Carol (Clare West)

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Christmas is humbug- it's a time when you find yourself a year older and not a penny richer. The thing that matters to Scrooge is business, and making money. But when three spirits visit him on Christmas eve, and take him at night to see Christmas past, present, and future - Scrooge learns a lesson that he will never forget.
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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian)

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Henry "Harry" Jekyll is a well respected member of London society. In his personal life, he is pre-engaged to Muriel Carew, the daughter of a brigadier general. In his professional life, he is a medical doctor, scientist and academician. He theorizes that in each man is a good side and an evil side which can be separated into two. In doing so, the evil side can be controlled and the good side can live without worry, in combination leading to the betterment of society. In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject to test his hypothesis. His evil side, who he coins Mr. Hyde, escapes into London, and terrorizes party-girl Ivy Pierson. Jekyll, aware of Hyde's goings-on, decides to stop his experiments because of the suffering he has caused Ivy. What Jekyll is unaware of is how ingrained Hyde is in Jekyll's life.  -- IMDb
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Victor Fleming)

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Laurence Olivier once observed that he learned more about acting from watching Tracy than in any other way." Undertaking the dual title role in Robert Louis Steven's Victorian science-fiction thriller, Tracy fulfilled that compliment by abandoning his characteristic done-to-earth image for the most terrifying.
David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)

 
(Time: 2 hours 11 minutes, B & W, 1935; directed by George Cukor)

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"The most profoundly satisfying novel that the camera has ever given us."--The New York Times

Since 1935, David Copperfield has been acclaimed for its cast, hand-picked from MGM's acting company of unparalleled magnificence. W. C. Fields is an inimitable Micawber; Basil Rathbone a fiendish Murdstone; Roland Young an oily Uriah Heep; Edna May Oliver an infectiously quirky Aunt Betsey; Jessie Ralph a definitive Nurse Peggotty; and Freddie Bartholomew, one of the most distinguished child actors of all time, is unforgettable as the young hero, David.

David Copperfield enjoys an idyllic life with his gentle, widowed mother and his loving nurse, Peggoty. Then tragedy strikes when Mr. Murdstone, a monster of cruelty, weds David's mother and drives her to an early grave. Despised by his stepfather, the boy is forced to live in misery and poverty until he runs away to throw himself upon the mercy of his eccentric aunt. His adventures introduce us to every stratum of colorful Victorian society, captured for posterity by this delightful rendition of Charles Dickens' spellbinding novel.  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

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Emma (Jane Austen)

(Color, 107 minutes ; directed by Diarmuid Lawrence; Meridian Broadcasting Limited 1996)

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This lavish new film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel of marriage and manners, Emma, stars Kate Beckinsale (Much Ado About Nothing) as one of Austen's most loveable yet infuriating, heroines. Emma is beautiful, rich and clever and rules over her elderly father, Mr. Woodhouse (Bernard Hepton). She tries to influence the love-lives of their circle of friends in the small village of Highbury, with comic and disastrous results.

Emma has no shortage of would-be suitors herself. The amorous vicar, Mr. Elton (Dominic Rowan, Between The Lines), competes for her love with the dashing Frank Churchill (Raymond Coulthard, Band of Gold) and the outspoken and down-to-earth Mr. George Knightley (Mark Strong, Our Friends in the North). Emma largely ignores their advances, preferring to concentrate on finding a match for her new friend Harriet Smith (Samantha Morton, Band of Gold) than to face up to her own desires.

Brought to you by the team which initiated Pride and Prejudice (Sue Birtwistle and Andrew Davies), this film with its compelling mix of comedy, mystery and love is guaranteed to enchant you.  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

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Far From The Madding Crowd  (1)(2)

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Life in rural Victorian England is orderly, almost predetermined. But headstrong Batsheba Everdene wants more. She longs to be free of society's constraints. And her rebellious desires reap a whirlwind of passions, turmoils and ultimately, love. Julie Christie brings all her beauty and talent to the role of the passionate heroine.

Frankenstein (M. Shelley)

 

 

 

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Starring: Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn

If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks re-created the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. Befitting a classic, the Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Mel Brooks, a "making of" documentary, interviews with the cast, hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers. No video library should be without a copy of Young Frankenstein. And just remember--that's Fronkensteen.  -- Jeff Shannon

Frankenstein (Patrick Nobes)

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Tells about Frankenstein, who thinks he has the secret of life. He takes parts from dead people to build a new 'man'. But this monster is so frightening that everyone runs away from him. The monster is just a big baby who needs love. But nobody gives him love, and soon he learns to hate. Because he is strong, he next learns how to kill.
French Lieutenant's Woman, The

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Love stories of two saparate pairs of lovers one period, one contemporary-yields a fascinating insight into the passion and mystery that can pull two people together..and just as easily tear them apart.
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GOOD SOLDIER

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From the opening voiceover line--"This is the saddest story I have ever heard"--The Good Soldier reveals how deep and wide heartbreak can run, even within the confines of Edwardian manners. Based on the understated masterpiece by Ford Madox Ford, the 1981 film unwinds in what feels like real time as it explores the friendship--and treachery and pathos--of two couples, one English, the other American, over several summers in Europe before World War II. The narrator, American John Dowell, looks back at the ruins of friendship, trust, and marriage, in a daring time-travel fluid narrative that completely tracks in how someone would try to make sense, later, of such deep tragedy. The title hero is Capt. Ashburnham, played by TV's favorite Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett, and his performance is breathtaking. Ashburnham is an English Gatsby--blessed, envied, and ultimately cursed--yet even when those closest to him see his foibles, they can't help but bend to his will. Meanwhile, as Dowell sifts through the collateral damage left by his onetime friend, he admires him still. "It never lets you down," he muses, "the English habit of taking absolutely everything and everyone for granted." Also giving splendid performances are Susan Fleetwood as Ashburnham's buffeted wife, and Vickery Turner, Dowell's compulsively chatty, and untrustworthy, wife.  -- Amazon
Great Expectations, The (Joseph Hardy)

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The story of an orphan, who lives with his sister and her husband, the village blacksmith. He believes that the fortune which he receives, enabling him to start a new life, comes from an eccentric old woman. However he finds out that it was in fact left to him by an escaped convict he had helped.
Great Expectations, The  (I)(II) (Disney)

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Pip, earlier raised by his harsh sister, meets Miss Havisham and is smitten by the utterly spoiled Estella. Pip takes on her materialistic values, and when he comes to wealth, he embarks a frivolouss life. However, ssuffering and maturity eventually teach him the difference between being true to one's self and living according to self-deluding great expectations.
Gulliver's Travels (I)(II) (Charles Stirridge)

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Danson portrays Gulliver, the 18th century physician who takes eight event-packed years to return home. Steenburgen is the devoted wife who stands by Gulliver when everyone says his story is tha tale of madman and what an unforgettable tale it is! Join Gulliver as he becomes a pocket-sized fortune-teller in a land of giants ruled by a wise queen.
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Honorary Consul, The (G. Greene)

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Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years. He begins to form and re-establish friendships and begins an affair. All of this comes together to create problems when he is asked to help revolutionaries kidnap a diplomat.  -- IMDb
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Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)    

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Return to the world of noble knights and blushing maidens in this vivid adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott classic, Ivanhoe. Set against the backdrop of 12th-century England, the story follows one brave man's attempt to restore Richard The Lion-Hearted to the throne stolen by his evil brother, Prince John. But with all its rousing feats of derring--do, it is also a tender tale of love. Robert Taylor stars as the intrepid knight-errant who is charmed by not one fair lady, but two: the meltingly dark-eyed Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor) and the stately Saxon princess, Rowena (Joan Fontaine). In chilling contrast to this romantic feast, there is George Sanders as the malevolent DeBois--Guilbert, Ivanhoe'3s deadly enemy and constant threat.

Ivanhoe is "a rich, dramatic picture" raved the Saturday Review. "The action is full scale and vigorous, presented with obvious relish," and it boasts some of the most spectacular fighting sequences ever filmed.

Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)

(1982 Columbia Pictures Television; Color, 142 mins; directed by Douglas Camfield)

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Back to the golden days of chivalry, romance and thrilling swordplay! Anthony Andrews brings to life IVANHOE, the young Saxon knight devoted to his king and religious faith. James Mason and Olivia Hussey co-star in Sir Walter Scott's classic tale of valiant warriors and beautiful damsels. When Ivanhoe returns to 12th-century England after fighting with Richard the Lion-Hearted in the Crusades, he learns that his true love Rowena (Lysette Anthony) has been betrothed to another and Richard's evil brother is intent on stealing his throne. Ivanhoe faces overwhelming odds in his fight to save Rowena and defeat the villainous Normans. Spectacular battles and stirring heroics make IVANHOE an adventure for all times!  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)
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Jane Eyre

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Starring: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine Director: Robert Stevenson

Small, plain and poor, Jane Eyre comes to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. Denied love all her life, Jane can't help but be attracted to the intelligent, vibrant, energetic Mr. Rochester, a man twice her age. But just when Mr. Rochester seems to be returning the attention, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram and her party to stay at his estate. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all their chances for happiness.

Jane Eyre

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After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?

Jane Eyre (Clare West)

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Jane Eyre is alone in the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive. She wants respect and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she feels, she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning.
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Lord of the flies

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When their plane crashes, 25 schoolboys find themselves lost in paradise. On a tropical island, miles and miles from civilization. At first, they welcome the freedom. But soon they discover that trying to survive is anything but fun and game. Finally, abandoned in the end, Ralph makes a terrifying discovery.
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Moll Flanders

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DeFoe would have a heart attack if he saw this movie! There was such creative license that the only similarities I could see between this movie and the classic book are some character name. I couldn¡¦t even finish it (because the movie itself is dreadful), but for the first 40 minutes I saw a number of characters and events that are not in the book, including a framing device using Moll's daughter. The movie includes a number of Roman Catholic charities¡Xcompletely historically incorrect¡Xwhich would have driven DeFoe (staunch Presbyterian that he was) mad. You absolutely cannot use this version in a class. Your students would be hopelessly lost if they had read the text, and eternally confused about the delightful Moll (who is made a boring, moral drudge in this version).
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Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

(1990 BBC version; Color, 90 mins; dramatised by Maggie Wadey; produced by Louis Marks; directed by Giles Foster)

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Starring: Peter Firth, Googie Withers, Robert Hardy and Katherine Schlesinger

"A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."

Catherine Morland arrives in Bath bursting with freshness, integrity and a passion for macabre Gothic novels. When the romantic Henry Tilney invites her to his ancestral home. Northanger Abbey, a dark mystery starts to unfold that makes her blood run cold. Are her fantasies coming true? What does the sinister General Tilney want from her and will the truth destroy her chance of love?  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

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Oliver Twist (Part 1&2)

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Dicken's beloved tale of an orphan boy forced into a ife of crime gets top treatment in this excellent BBC presentation. After escaping from the dreary workhouse where he has spent his childhood, Oliver (Ben Rodska) runs away to London, only to fall in with the Artful Dodger, Fagin (Eric Porter), and their gang of young thieves. Temporarily rescued by the kindly Mr. Brownlow (Frank Middlemass), the boy is then pursued by savage Bill Sikes, and it is only with the revelation of his true identity that Oliver's troubles finally end. With its superb acting and consistent faithfulness to the book, this first-rate production is excellent entertainment for those already familiar with this classic tale, and the perfect way to introduce a youngster to the enthralling world of Charles Dickens.
Oliver

(Color, 140 mins; book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart; screenplay by Vernon Harris; directed by Carol Reed)

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Perhaps the best loved of all family pictures, Oliver is a joyful and entertaining musical version of Dickens' Oliver Twist.

Mark Lester plays Oliver, the foundling who escapes the indignities of the workhouse to find success and happiness in the London underworld. Oliver's new friends include the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and Fagin (Ron Moody) who teach him to "pick a pocket." Star roles are played by Harry Secombe, Oliver Reed and Shani Wallis as the loving Nancy who pledges her friendship for "As long as he needs me."

Winner of 6 Academy Awards, "Oliver" is a film everyone from 8 to 80 loves to see again and agian.  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

Orlando

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Orlando, a young 17th century English nobleman, is clearly a favorite of Elizabeth I. Aside from granting favors and property, the Queen also bestows upon the gift of long life.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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The film is a beautiful adaptation of Joyce's autobiographical novel in which the author, through the character of Stephen Dedalus, portrays his youth, his irish catholic upbringing, and his coming of age at a Dublin university. Stephen, an intense, serious young man, questions the tyranny of family, state and religion in their attempt to control his body, mind and soul. The young artist chooses a lonely exile in his search for freedom and truth. Joyce speaks through his hero, Stephen, when he proclaims: "The soul, it wakes to itself in sin and loneliness and secrecy./ It has a slow and dark birth.../ When the soul of man is born in this country,/ there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight./ You talk to me of nationality, language and religion./ I shall try to fly by those nets."
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)

(A film by Joseph Strick; starring Bosco Hogan, T.P. McKenna and John Gielgud; 1997,color, 93mins)

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The film is a beautiful adaptation of Joyce's autobiographical novel in which the author, through the character of Stephen Dedalus, portrays his youth, his irish catholic upbringing, and his coming of age at a Dublin university. Stephen, an intense, serious young man, questions the tyranny of family, state and religion in their attempt to control his body, mind and soul. The young artist chooses a lonely exile in his search for freedom and truth. Joyce speaks through his hero, Stephen, when he proclaims:

"The soul, it wakes to itself in sin and loneliness and secrecy.
It has a slow and dark birth
When the soul of man is born in this country,
there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight.
You talk to me of nationality, language and religion.
I shall try to fly by those nets."

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

(1993 BBC version; Color, 225 mins; one set--two tapes)

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Starring Ann Firbank and Bryan Marshall; dramatised by Julian Mitchell; produced and directed by Howard Baker

"I could think of you only as one who had yielded, who had given me up, who had been influenced by one other than me."

Eight years ago Anne Elliot allowed herself to be persuaded by her snobbish family to reject the young Captain Wentworth's proposal of marriage. Now he has returned from a career at sea, both eligible and affluent. But Anne has other suitors and the Captain's heart seems set upon the youth and beauty of the impetuous Louisa Musgrove.... Is their love lost forever?  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen's superb romantic comedy, follows a cast of society's elite through the games of love and negotiations of marriage in the countryside of 19th-century England. At the center of this intriguing dance is the lovely and rebellious Elizabeth Bennet, whose spirited wit and good sense keep her away from folly-most of the time. Elizabeth's frightfully embarrassing mother worries about her five unmarried daughters. With her husband's estate destined for his fatuous cousin William Collins, she is determined to marry one of her girls off to a rich new neighbor, Charles Bingley. Everything goes according to Mrs. Bennet's plan-at least until Bingley's snobbish friend Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives.

Elizabeth is put off by Mr. Darcy, who seems rude and arrogant. Her judgment is supported when she meets the dashing officer George Wickham, who tells her of his unfair treatment at Darcy's hands. Meanwhile, Mr.Collins arrives at the Bennet's, hoping to wed one of the daughters. At a fancy ball thrown by Bingley, Elizabeth must fend off Mr. Collins' clumsy attempts at courtship, while several members of the Bennet family make a dreadful scene.

The Bingleys depart for London, leaving Elizabeth's older sister Jane heartbroken and her mother despondent over the loss of potential suitors. Then, on a visit to her newly married friend Charlotte, Elizabeth finds herself once again in the company of Darcy, whose haughty aunt is Charlotte's husband's patron. While Darcy becomes enamored of Elizabeth, she learns that he "saved" Bingley from his romance with Jane. Choked with anger, she is completely surprised when Darcy presents a startling proposition.

A shocked and injured Darcy gives Elizabeth a letter defending himself against her charges. Elizabeth returns home distraught, realizing that her prejudice against him had blinded her from seeing events more clearly. But just as pride seems to have driven the two apart, an unexpected meeting offers a second chance.

The newly discovered love between Elizabeth and her wealthy suitor Darcy is suddenly doomed. Word has reached Elizabeth that her sister Lydia has run away with the adventurer Wickham, and her family faces disgrace. Mr. Bennet chases the couple to London, hoping to find his ruined daughter, but to no avail. Yet when all seems completely lost, a mysterious savior steps in to put everything right.

With social demons tamed and Darcy on their side, Elizabeth's sister Jane and Bingley again become engaged. Rumors also swirl about Elizabeth promise not to accept any offer of marriage, insulting Elizabeth, her family and their social position. It is all Elizabeth can do to give a cool and controlled response-one that will end up dictating her future happiness.

Pride and Prejudice

(1995 BBC version; Color, 301 mins; directed by Simon Langton; one set--two tapes)

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The arrival of the wealthy Mr. Darcy in the neighborhood causes great excitement within the Bennet Family. One of her five daughters, Mrs. Bennet feels, is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. That fate befalls the spirited Elizabeth. Judging him on first impressions and the malicious gossip of friends she rejects his advances. However, as she busies herself with the stormy romances and scandal of her sister, she once again finds herself in his company. Gradually her opinions of his proud young man begin to change---.

Amid a host of delightful characters, and against a background of grand stately homes and beautiful countryside, this famous romances runs its rocky course.

Pride and Prejudice

(1993 BBC version; Color, 259 mins)(dramatized by Fay Weldon, Starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul, directed by Cyril Coke)

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune in in want of a wife."

When the charming and kindly young Mr. Bingley moves to the neighborhood, there is great excitement in the Bennet family. Jane, the eldest of five Bennet daughters seems to have captured the heart of the wealthy young man. But when his friend, the caught Mr. Darcy finds himself attracted to Elizabeth, the next sister, the tribulations of the Bennet family have only just begun---.

Pride and Prejudice

(1 hour 58 minutes, B &W, 1940)

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Starring: Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier; directed by Robert Z. Leonard

Five marriageble daughters! What's a mother to do? What's a father to do? What are we to do? Laugh, cry, and become totally enchanted by Pride and Prejudice, a cinematic masterpiece based on Jane Austen's classic novel of manners and starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. As if five headstrong daughters weren't enough, mild-mannered Mr. Bennet (Edmund Gwenn) has to deal with an empty-headed wife (Mary Boland) as well. When the aristocratic Mr. Darcy (Olivier) condescends to enter the Bennet's lives by proposing marriage to Elizabeth (Garson), his pride suffers a blow as the equally proud girl turns him down. The determined Darcy then conspires in the love lives of the other sisters-including Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) and Lydia (Ann Rutherford)-to win Elizabeth's hand. Finally, it's love that conquers all. From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," Pride and Prejudice is endearing family viewing.  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

Pride and Prejudice (Clare West)

CD eng/ 407 W516p

'The moment I first met you, I noticed your pride, your sense of superiority, and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. You are the last man in the world whom I could ever be persuaded to marry,' said Elizabeth Bennet. And so Elizabeth rejects the proud Mr Darcy. Can nothing overcome her prejudice against him?
A Passage To India

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It is an emotional and deeply personal story of love and class struggle in the India 1928. Adela Quested beautifully portrayed by Judy Davis travels to India to visit her fiance, but a strange incident occurs there resulting in a charge of attempted rape against the doctor. What actually happened?
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Remains of the day

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Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths, as he serves his master, beauutifully played by James Fox. Darlington, like some other members of the British Establishment, becomes a dupe of the Nazis in their plot to win the alliance of British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded woman.

Room With A View

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Starring: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter Director: James Ivory

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

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Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)

(1996 BBC version; Color, 174 mins; directed by Rodney Bennett)

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"Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong."

Devoted sisters Elinor and Marianne are forced by tragic circumstances to set about the delicate task of finding suitable husbands. Marianne, with her passionate hunger for emotional experience, falls for the handsome, dashing but heartless John Willoughby. The outwardly collected Elinor is in love with Edward Ferrars, who is himself entangled with the sly and avaricious Lucy Steele. Amidst disappointment and distress, will they ever find happiness and true love?  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

Sense and Sensibility (Clare West)

CD eng/ 407 W516e

Sometimes the Dashwood girls do not seem like sisters. Elinor is all calmness and reason, and can be relied upon for practical, common sense opinions. Marianne, on the other hand, is all sensibility, full of passionate and romantic feeling. She has no time for dull common sense, or for middle-aged men of thirty-five.
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Tess (I)(II)

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Tess, portrayed by the entracing Nastassia Kinski, is a daughter of a poor, drunken farmer who discovers that he is actually of noble descent. Tess is sent off to live with their proper and wealthy relatives. There, she is seduced by a suave but sinister cousin and bears him a bastard son who dies while still an infant.
Tom Jones

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When Tom is discovered an abandoned orphan on the bed of Squire All worthy, his origins are mystery; but the Squire adopts him as his own and Tom begins a life bawdy adventure.
Treasure Island ( R. L. Stevenson  PUBLIC) 

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It all begins when young Jim Hawkins inherits a long-lost map to a pirate's treasure. Jim hires the great ship Hispaniola where he meets the good Captain Smollett and the evil yet charming Long John Silver. With adventure in their hearts and treasure chests of gold in their eyes, they set sail on the bounding main only to discover danger at every turn.
Third Man, The (G. Greene)

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An American "dime novelist" is invited to Vienna to visit a college chum, only to find that he was hit and killed by a car a forthnight ago. Was it an accident or murder?

The Secret Garden (Clare West)

CD eng/ 407 W516s

Presents the story of little Mary Lennox - a bad-tempered, disagreeable child. When her parents die in India, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle. She has nothing to do except walk in the gardens, and watch the robin flying over the high walls of the secret garden... which has been locked for ten years. And no one has the key.
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Women In Love

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Growing up in the sheltered society of a 1920s English mining town, Gundrun (Jackson) and Ursula (Jennie Linden) Brangwen know little of the ways of love. Though they have yet to experience a sexual awakening, they each harbor a latent, burning, nearly irrepressible desire. So when they pursue thrilling, torrid affairs with a notorious playboy (Alan Bates) and a brooding philanderer (Oliver Reed), they throw themselves into the experience with fervent intensity. But as their liaisons move from frantic, heated encounters to mature emotional relationships, what they discover about their lovers, and themselves, may be more all-consuming -- and dangerously volatile -- than they ever dared imagine.
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

(104 minutes, B &W, 1939; starring: Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon; directed by William Wyler)

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Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon and David Niven star in this internationally-acclaimed masterpiece based on Emily Bronte's classic story of passion, hatred and revenge. Olivier and Oberon are brilliant as Heathcliff and Cathy, whose tortured love affair ends with Cathy marries the wealthy Edgar (David Niven). Heathcliff's savage retaliation upon the woman he loves explodes in a stunning climax.  (Donated by Bro. Nicholas Koss)

Wuthering Heights (Clare West)

CD eng/ 407 W516w

The wind is strong on the Yorkshire moors. There is one house called Wuthering Heights that does not hide from the wind. When Mr Earnshaw brings a strange, small, dark child back home to Wuthering Heights, it seems he has opened his doors to trouble. He has invited in something that, like the wind, is safer kept out of the house.
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