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John M. Kelly Library & Archives

Movies: Literature on Film

All Quiet on the Western Front

PN1995.9 .W3A45 1999 DVD
130 minutes; released 1930.
A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war. Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel.

Anna Karenina

PG3365 .A62 2004 DVD
240-minutes; released 2000.
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, this mini-series depicts the fallout from a love affair between Count Vronsky and Anna Karenina, a married woman. Starring Helen McCrory, Kevin McKidd and Stephen Dillane.


PA4415.7 .A58 2001 DVD
91 minutes; released 1972.
Jean Anouilh's adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy about a defiant woman. In English.

Around the World in 80 Days

PQ2469 .T722 2004 DVD
182 minutes; released 1956.
An English gentleman bets that it is possible to travel around the whole world in 80 days. Based on the novel by Jules Verne.

Babette's Feast = Babettes gæstebud

PN1997 .B193 2001 DVD
113 minutes; released 1987.
In nineteenth-century Denmark, the daughters of a devout clergyman struggle between piety and p.phpon when their father dies and a French gourmet cook comes to town. Audio track in English, French, Danish, or Spanish. Based on the novel by Karen Blixen. Directed by Gabriel Axel.


PQ2601 .N67 B422 2007 DVD
150 minutes; released 1964.
The lifelong friendship of King Henry II and Thomas Becket is tested when Becket is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Based on the play by Jean Anouilh. Starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.

La Bête Humaine

PQ2498 .A3 2006 DVD
96 minutes; released 1938.
A journey into the tormented psyche of a workingman. French with optional English subtitles. Based on the Emile Zola novel. Directed by Jean Renoir.

Black Robe

PN1997 .B592 1992 DVD
101 minutes; released 1991.
A feature-length movie about a fictional 17th century Jesuit priest in the Canadian wilderness. Starring Lothaire Bluteau. Based on the novel by Brian Moore. Directed by Bruce Beresford.

The Blue Angel = Der Blaue Engel

PN1997 .B67 2001 DVD
2 discs, 106 and 94 minutes; released 1930.
A middle-aged professor is degraded by his obs.phpon with a tawdry caf entertainer. Presents two versions of the film: the original German and original English. Based on the novel by Heinrich Mann. Starring Marlene Dietrich. Directed by Joseph von Sternberg.

The Cherry Orchard

PG3455 .V52 C4 2002 DVD
137 minutes; released 1999.
A woman returns to her decaying estate in pre-Revolutionary R.phpa. Based on the play by Anton Chekhov. Starring Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates. Directed by Michael Cacoyannis.

Crime and Punishment

PG3326 .P7213 C7 2003 DVD
225-minute mini-series in three parts; released 1979.
A proud man who has committed a murder is forced to face his crime. Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Starring John Hurt. Directed by Michael Darlow.

The Crime of Padre Amaro = El Crimen del padre Amaro

PQ9261 .E3 C752 2003 DVD
119 minutes; released 2002.
A young priest is .phpgned to a parish where he becomes involved in corrupt politics and an illicit relationship with a woman. In Spanish with optional dubbed English soundtrack or English, French or Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by Ea de Queirs. Starring Gael Garca Bernal. Directed by Carlos Carrera.

Cry, the Beloved Country

PR9899 .P3C722 2003 DVD
106 minutes; released 1995.
Set during the apartheid era in South Africa, this film tells the story of two fathers - one a man of peace, the other a man of power and privilege. In the wake of a tragic killing, the two men form an unlikely union. Based on the novel by Alan Paton. Starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. Directed by Darrell Roodt.

Cyrano de Bergerac

PQ2635 .O7 C92213 2000z DVD
150 minutes; released 1974.
Edmond Rostand's play about a swashbuckling hero who uses his literary wit to win the heart of a woman.
Starring Peter Donat, Marsha Mason, Marc Singer, and Kathryn Crosby.
Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.
In English.

Death in Venice = Morte a Venezia

PT2625 .A44 T62 2004 DVD
131 minutes; released 1971.
Dirk Bogarde plays a composer on holiday in Venice. When he glimpses someone who inspires a secret p.phpon, it foreshadows his doom. Adaptation of the Thomas Man novel. English with English, French or Spanish subtitles. Directed by Luchino Visconti.

Dersu Uzala

DK771 .U9 A82 2000 DVD
140 minutes; released 1975.
An eccentric Mongolian frontiersman saves the members of a R.phpan surveying expedition by teaching them how to survive in the wilderness. Based on the novel by Vladimir Klavdievich Arsen'ev. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.

The Diary of a Country Priest = Le Journal d'un curé de campagne

PQ2603 .E587 J72 2004 DVD
115 minutes; released 1951.
A movie adaptation of a novel by Georges Bernanos about a priest who is not fully appreciated by his parishioners. In French with English subtitles.

Doctor Zhivago

PG3476 .P27 D652 2001 DVD
200 minutes; released 1965.
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this film depicts R.phpa on the brink of revolution as seen through the eyes of a young doctor and poet. Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin and Alec Guinness. Directed by David Lean.

Don Quixote

PQ6329 .A32 2000 VHS
120 minutes; released 2000.
A minor landowner descends into fantasy and becomes convinced that he is a knight on a mission to save a damsel in distress. Based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Starring John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, and Vanessa Williams.

Don Quixotes

PQ6323 .A9 D6 2008 DVD
115 minutes; released 1992.
A unique vision of two men, Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza, who journey through provincial Spain and suddenly are pitted against enemies both real and imagined in the modern world. A rarely seen piece of film history. Based on the book by Miguel De Cervantes.
Directed by Orson Welles.


PR6037 .T617 D72 1997 DVD
130 minutes; released 1992.
Francis Ford Coppola's movie adaptation of the vampire novel by Bram Stoker. Starring Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.

84 Charing Cross Road

PS3515 .A4853 Z54 2002 DVD
100 minutes; released 1987.
A New York writer with a p.phpon for literature writes to a London bookstore in search of rare cl.phpcs. A good-natured, reserved Englishman answers her request, beginning a relationship that spans two continents and two decades.

The English Patient

PS8529 .N283 E532 2004 DVD
162 minutes; released 1996.
A Canadian nurse during the Second World War cares for a wounded stranger with a mysterious past. Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Anthony Minghella.


PR5397 .F722 2006 DVD
71 minutes; released 1931.
An obsessed scientist creates a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. Based on the story by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis = Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini

PQ4807 .A79 G52 2001 VHS
94 minutes; released 1970.
A wealthy Jewish family is faced with the rise of Fascism in pre-World War II Italy. Based on the novel by Giorgio B.phpni. In Italian with English subtitles. Starring Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. Directed by Vittorio De Sica.


PQ2605 .O28G522 2000 DVD
116 minutes; released 1958.
A musical set in Paris in which a girl trained as a high society courtesan falls in love with a rich and handsome boulevardier. Based on the novel by Colette.

The Handmaid's Tale

PS8501 .T8 H36 2001 DVD
109 minutes; released 1990.
A woman fights against the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. In English, with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

The Henrik Ibsen Collection

PT8856 .H467 2007 DVD pt 1-6
6 discs; released 2007.
Ten films based on the plays of Henrik Ibsen.

Heat and Dust

PR9499.3 .J5 H422 2003 DVD
130 minutes; released 1983.
A young woman visits India determined to unravel the mysterious scandal surrounding the seduction of her great-aunt Olivia in the 1920s by an Indian prince. Based on the novel by Ruth Praser Jhabvala. Starring Greta Scacchi, Julie Christie and Shashi Kapoor. Directed by James Ivory.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

PN1992.8 .C66 H58 2002 DVD
190 minutes; released 1981.
An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a strange adventure as space hitchhikers.

How Green Was My Valley

PN1997 .H69 2002 DVD
118 minutes; released 1941.
The story of young parents struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn. Starring Maureen O'Hara. Directed by John Ford.

The Jeweller's Shop

The Jeweller's Shop

PG7169 .O4 P722 1988 DVD
95 minutes; released 1988.
A movie adaptation of a play by Pope John Paul II about love and family. Starring Burt Lancaster. Directed by Michael Anderson.

Lathe of Heaven

PS3562 .E42 L3 2002 VHS
100 minutes; released for TV in 2002.
When a man discovers his nightmares come true, he is arrested and forced to get psychiatric treatment. Upon discovering his patient's dreams are real, however, the doctor attempts to manipulate them, with terrible results. Based on the novel by Ursula Le Guin. Starring James Caan and Lukas Haas.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses = Dangerous Liaisons

PQ 1993 L22 L52 2002 DVD
102 minutes; released 1959.
A hyper-cool French updating of the Laclos novel. Valmont and Juliette are two spouses who find sport in each other's extramarital conquests. But while staying at a ski resort, their games of p.phpon come to a tragic end when Valmont falls in love. Directed by Roger Vadim.
In French with English subtitles.

Life of Emile Zola

PQ2528 .L544 2005 DVD
116 minutes; released 1937.
Based on the book by Matthew Josephson, this film explores the career of Zola, who championed the cause of France's oppressed and waged a vigorous campaign to free the wrongly convicted Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Directed by William Dieterle.


PS3527 .A15 L632 1999 DVD
152 minutes; released 1962.
A middle-aged novelist falls in love with a 14-year-old girl. Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Starring James Mason. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum = Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

PN1997 .L67 2000 VHS
109 minutes; released 1975.
In the period of several days, Katharina's privacy and her honor are destroyed, first by the police who terrorize her, and then by the yellow press, which creates in her name the image of a politicized Bonnie Parker. Based on the novel by Heinrich Bll. Directed by Volker Schlndorff and Margarethe von Trotta.

Les Miserables

PQ2287 .M5 M5 1998 DVD
134 minutes; released 1998.
A thief in Revolutionary France is transformed by an act of mercy. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.
Starring Liam Neeson, Claire Danes, Uma Thurman and Geoffrey Rush.
Directed by Billie August.

The Name of the Rose = Der Name der Rose

PQ4685 .C6 N62 2004 DVD
131 minutes; released 1986.
A series of deaths strikes a 14th century monastery. While some see these deaths tied to the Book of Revelation, Brother William of Baskerville resolves to solve the crimes using fact and reason. Based on the novel by Umberto Eco. Starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.


PN1997 .N67 2001 DVD
64 minutes; released 1922.
The first film version of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathian mountains and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats.

The Remains of the Day

PR6059 .S5 R462 2001 DVD
134 minutes; released 1993.
The housekeeper at a large English estate falls in love with the butler who is devoted to his job. Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by James Ivory.


PG7158 .L39 S62 2002 DVD
169 minutes; released 1972.
Andrei Tarkovsky's cl.phpc science fiction film based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. An astronaut is sent to investigate strange transmissions from a space station. In R.phpan with English subtitles.


PQ1842 .A485 2003 DVD
130 minutes; released 1978.
Molière's play about a scoundrel who manipulates his way into the confidence and affection of a man, and then attempts to seduce his wife and daughter.
Starring Donald Moffat, Victor Garber, Tammy Grimes, and Patricia Elliott.
Part of the Broadway Theatre Archive.
In English.

The 39 Steps

PR6003 .U13 T52 1999 DVD
86 minutes; released 1935.
Adapted from John Buchan's novel, this early Hitchcock thriller follows the story of Richard Hannay, who stumbles on a conspiracy. Forced into a chase across the Scottish moors, Hannay becomes both the pursuer and pursued.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The Threepenny Opera = Die Dreigroschenoper

PN1997 .D73 1980 VHS
107 minutes; released 1931.
Social satire set in Victorian London in which both government and underworld are portrayed as amoral and polluted by economic and political chaos. The daughter of the king of the beggars opens a bank in the belief that legal thievery is more profitable than larceny. In German with English subtitles. Based on the play by Bertolt Brecht.


PR6073 .E47 T732 1996 DVD
94 minutes; released 1996.
An intimate look inside the subculture of heroin abuse in Scotland based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
Starring Ewan McGregor.
Directed by Danny Boyle.

Unbearable Lightness of Being

PG5039.21 .U6 N482 2006 DVD
172 minutes; released 1988.
While Prague grapples with the Soviets, a surgeon and avowed womanizer is focused on the happiness of pursuit. He's determined to live with a lightness of being unfettered by things like commitment and Communism. Based on the novel by Milan Kundera. Directed by Philip Kaufman.


PN1997 .V376 2002 DVD
137 minutes; released 1989.
Based on the novel Les Liasons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos, this film depicts an embittered group of aristocrats in 18th century France as they try to ensnare one another with seduction and intrigue. Starring Colin Firth, Annette Bening and Meg Tilly. Directed by Milos Forman.


PR4879 .L7 I52 1991 DVD
72 minutes; released 1932.
A young man attempts to find and kill a vampire that has assumed the form of an old woman. In German with English subtitles. Based on the stories by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

War and Peace = Voyna i mir

PG3365 .V622 2000z DVD
403 minutes on 3 discs; released 1968.
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, this adaptation follows the interconnected lives of a group of R.phpan aristocrats from 1805 to 1812 as they cope with love, youth, financial trouble, military life, land management, high society, and Napoleon's invasion of R.phpa. In R.phpan with English subtitles. Starring and directed by Sergei Bondarchuk.