Quick Picks from CMCL

June 24, 2013

Off the Shelf: Classic Literature on DVD

Great GatsbySummer reading is upon us, if you are short on time for books, you might consider starting a summer reading DVD list and work your way through some classics.  Watch out!  Great literature in film does not always follow the book faithfully, and you may be tempted to find the original to get the story straight.

Below you will find titles that have been made and remade over the years.  Silver screen versions of some of these classic tales go all the way back to the 1930s.

If you are waiting for Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby to make its way to DVD there are a couple options to keep you busy in the meantime. Robert Redford starred in a 1974 release and a 2000 television movie version starred Mira Sorvino.

Ivanhoe has been made many times including a 1952 version starring Robert and Elizabeth Taylor and a 2002 BBC miniseries.

Thomas Hardy titles include The Mayor of Casterbridge as a 1978 BBC miniseries and The Claim, which is the same tale transferred to the times of the American gold rush. 

Here are some other ideas…

The Bronte Sisters:

Charles Dickens:

Leo Tolstoy:

Oscar Wilde:

Jane Austen:

William Shakespeare: There are too many versions of Shakespeare’s tales to list! To find these do a keyword search in our catalog for Shakespeare DVD.  Switch out Shakespeare for another title or author to check on any story you’d like.

As always, if you have questions about finding any of these titles please ask at the reference desk.

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