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#1 Ira Ratner

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:15 PM

I can't afford to give you blank check for the holidays like Adrian did, so here's the next best thing, as we all prepare for the 24-hour marathon tomorrow night of "A Christmas Story."

And for the Yurps (Europeans) and other people here from different lands, the U.S. is indeed so retarded that one of Ted Turner's cable channels actually shows this 1983 film nonstop for 24 hours--and they've been doing it for YEARS.

The film was a box office yawn at the time, but it so captured a typical American Christmas of the past (the 40s), or it captured a Christmas that we all WANTED to have, that since home video and cable, it has risen to become one of the top 5 Christmas films of all time in the U.S.

The production of this movie also provides a great insight into the intricacies of filmmaking, a fascinating history told here on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia....christmas_story

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Edited by Ira Ratner, 23 December 2008 - 08:16 PM.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:32 PM

You'll shoot your eye out!

Happy Holidays Ira!
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#3 Steve Phipps

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:13 PM

The short story Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid is an enjoyable read.

It?s also available in a nice collection: Adaptations. From Short Story to Big Screen, edited by Stephanie Harrison. Included are, ?Blow-Up? by Cortázar (Blow-Up by Antonioni), ?Rear Window? by Cornell Woolrich (there is no Grace Kelly character), ?Herbert West ? Reanimator: Six Shots by Moonlight? by H. P. Lovecraft, ?The Swimmer? by John Cheever (Harrison calls it ?unadaptable?, and I would agree), ?The Killers? by Hemingway, ?Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa? by W. P. Kinsella, and so on. It?s a nice collection, and Harrison has interesting things to say, both about the original author and the adaptation of the story, and also the director who puts it to film.


Title: Adaptations. From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great stories that have inspired great films.
Edited by Stephanie Harrison.
2005
ISBN: 1-4000-5314-5
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