Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE LAST OF THE JUST (1960)

November 10, 1960

The Last of the Just
by André Schwarz-Bart
Atheneum, 1960

Published in France as Le Dernier des Justes in 1959, this epic novel earned its author the Prix Goncourt but was never adapted into a film by Jules Dassin or any other filmmaker.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE CHRISTMAS TREE (1969)

September 28, 1969

The Christmas Tree
by Michel Bataille
William Morrow & Co., 1969

Michel Bataille's novel The Christmas Tree, translated from French by Harold J. Salemson, became the 1969 movie THE CHRISTMAS TREE (a.k.a. WHEN WOLVES CRY), directed by Terence Young and starring William Holden, Virna Lisi, and Bourvil.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE WILBY CONSPIRACY (1974)

March 27, 1974

The Wilby Conspiracy
by Peter Driscoll
J. B. Lippincott Co., 1972

Peter Driscoll's novel became the film THE WILBY CONSPIRACY (1975), directed by Ralph Nelson and starring Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Prunella Gee, Saeed Jaffrey, Persis Khambatta, and Rutger Hauer.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: ARMAGEDDON (1964)

September 27, 1964

by Leon Uris
Doubleday, 1964

Leon Uris' novels became the movies BATTLE CRY (1955), THE ANGRY HILLS (1959), EXODUS (1960), TOPAZ (1969), and the TV mini-series QB VII (1974), but an adaptation of Armageddon was never produced.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Books Into Films: "Big Investments in Story Values Which Have Not Yet Been Filmed" - Variety, 5/9/73

Torn from the pages of Variety -- literally! -- here's another great "Books Into Film" post from William Wilson of Video Junkie Strikes Back from Beyond the Grave!

(Variety, May 9, 1973)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: ADDIE PRAY (1971)

August 26, 1971

Addie Pray
by Joe David Brown
Simon and Schuster, 1971

Joe David Brown's novel was the basis for Peter Bogdanovich's film PAPER MOON (1973), starring Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, and John Hillerman.