19 January, 2022

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
1975, Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif and Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Miloš Forman

It’s the only film I can think of that actually nailed both the representation of characters and the overall emotions and concepts dealt with in the original novel. A timeless performance from Jack Nicholson doesn’t hurt, but what makes this one the best is the fact that Miloš Forman was able to tweak Kesey’s text in subtle ways that were perfectly suited for visual expression. Too often you find directors using novels as brief outlines for their own warped visions; Forman retold all of the mental anguish just as we knew it to be, but with the faces we needed to make it even darker and more real.

~Samuel Spokony

3 thoughts on “Our Favorite Film Adaptations

  1. The husband says Harry Potter #5.

    This isn't a movie, but Wicked (the musical) is significantly better than Wicked (the book).

    1. Had I had even the smallest amount of free time this week, I would have participated in this post with "Deathly Hallows Part2." Perhaps it's geeky and a bit dorky to say, but I consider that movie to the one of the best I've ever seen and certainly the best movie I've seen in ten years. It was very true to the novel.

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