It's Thursday so that means it's time for Thursday Movie Picks. This week it is movie adaptations of classic Literature but poems and plays can't be picked.
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Directed by David Lean and adapted from the novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago is an epic love story that takes place during Russia's tumultuous era between the 1905 Russian Revolution the Russian Civil War. David Lean is a director of epic cinema and Doctor Zhivago contains spectacular sights, great performances and a gripping story.
No matter how good any adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is it'll never match the emotional weight of the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The book was sold in 22 languages and burnt by the Nazis. It was also made into an Oscar winning film (winning in the Best Picture and Best Director category) which even at 85 years of age remains a harrowing war film.
A list like this is perhaps incomplete without a Charles Dickens adaptation, in this case it is the 1946 version of Great Expectations that gets the nod. It is no coincidence that David Lean was selected twice, a director of epic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India and Bridge Over the River Kwai. Lean also excelled at the beginning of his career with great adaptations of Dickens' works which included Great Expectations and Oliver.