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Literature has inspired some of the greatest films ever made.

Literary adaptations often get a bad press, with the books’ fans lamenting the necessary excision of events in the book or the loss of tone and character. Yet the best film adaptations capture the mood of the original or completely reimagine the stories in their transition to the big screen. Works by Emile Bronte, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Thomas Hardy and more inspired these great films, with Francis Ford Coppola transporting Heart of Darkness to Vietnam in Apocalypse Now and Michael Winterbottom reimagining Tess of the d’Urbervilles in 21st century India in Trishna. Shelley and Stoker certainly couldn’t have predicted the influence their books would have in the future, with Frankenstein and Dracula having been adapted countless times for the big screen.

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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol

Fantasy191423 mins

A well-acted early version of Charles Dickens' much loved Christmas story, featuring some impressive ghost sequences.

Comin' Thro' The Rye
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Comin' Thro' The Rye

Biopic194756 mins Location: Burns Cott

A brisk and rousing biopic of Robert Burns, punctuated by songs and poems based on his famous works.

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
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Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill

Drama194892 mins

Two public school teachers clash over teaching methods and the love of a good woman in this absorbing Hugh Walpole adaptation.

Helen of Four Gates
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Helen of Four Gates

Drama192078 mins Location: Heptonstall

A tale of treachery, madness and thwarted love in this vivid rural melodrama set around Heptonstall in Yorkshire.

Madness of the Heart
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Madness of the Heart

Melodrama194990 mins

The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.

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