ADAPTATIONS OF JAMES JONES' NOVELs

From Here to Eternity the Musical is a musical with music and lyrics by Stuart Brayson and Tim Rice and a book by Bill Oakes. Based on the novel of the same name, written by James Jones, the musical made its West End and world premiere in 2013, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.

 

Jones's novel From Here to Eternity was a best-seller and well known for its successful movie adaptation. Jones's manuscript was heavily censored by his publisher to remove profanity and references to gay prostitiution; the unexpurgated version was not published until 2011. Once it was, composer Stuart Brayson thought it might be adapted as a musical, and proposed the project to Tim Rice, who acquired the stage rights and wrote the lyrics.

 

The musical was announced in May 2011 and opened on 23 October 2013, a year later than originally planned. The West End production stars Darius Campbell as Warden, Robert Lonsdale as Private Prewitt, and Ryan Sampson as Maggio. The work received mixed reviews, though Brayson was praised for an imaginative score. The production closed on 29 March 2014, after a run of six and a half months. (READ FULL WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE)

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THE THIN RED LINE (1998)

FILM REVIEW; Beauty and Destruction in Pacific Battle

 

By JANET MASLIN

Published: December 23, 1998 (New York Times)

 

A thrilling sense of deja vu accompanies the lush Edenic images that provide ''The Thin Red Line'' with its prologue in paradise. Even if they could be watched without knowledge of their provenance, they would be instantly identifiable as the work of Terrence Malick, whose 1970's ''Badlands'' and ''Days of Heaven'' were the most beautiful and elusive films of their time. Mr. Malick's subsequent two decades in cinema limbo may have turned him into a figure of hype-inviting mystery, but it's immediately obvious that they have not dimmed his visual genius. It's as if a familiar voice had never left off speaking as, at long last, Mr. Malick's huge new opus begins.

 

His intoxication with natural beauty, fused so palpably and strangely with the psychic sleepwalking of his human characters, remains exactly as it was. So does the innate momentousness that has always come so easily to Mr. Malick's filmmaking.

 

Here is a visceral reminder of all that made his past work so hauntingly majestic, even if this movie's difficulties will soon announce themselves with equal clarity. Intermittently brilliant as it is, ''The Thin Red Line'' shows why being a great film director and directing a great film are not the same.

 

Having envisioned an adaptation of James Jones's famous Guadalcanal novel since at least 1988, Mr. Malick has had time to drift far afield of his original idea and into something hazier. Though its starting point was a book full of gut reactions and detailed particulars, Mr. Malick has moved the material to a different plane. Disjointed poetic effects and ravishing physical beauty now supplant the nuts and bolts of wartime experience, even if this film -- like ''Saving Private Ryan,'' with which it happens so bizarrely to overlap -- depicts a military landing on a beach and a terrifying assault on a hillside bunker. For all their surface similarities, Steven Spielberg's film was about character and Mr. Malick's is about spirit.  (READ FULL REVIEW)

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra, stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden, Mickey Shaughnessy, Claude Akins, and George Reeves.

 

The film won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations, including for Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra) and Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).[2] The film's title comes originally from a quote from Rudyard Kipling's 1892 poem "Gentlemen-Rankers", about soldiers of the British Empire who had "lost [their] way" and were "damned from here to eternity". (READ FULL WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE)

SOME CAME RUNNING (1958)

Some Came Running is a CinemaScope 1958 in Metrocolor American film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.

 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in a bid to duplicate the success of the multi–Academy Award winning film adaptation of James Jones' earlier novel, From Here to Eternity (1953), optioned the 1,200-plus-page book, Some Came Running and cast Frank Sinatra as the lead. Sinatra approved Dean Martin for the role of Bama, in what would be their first film together. Much of the film was shot in and around the town of Madison, Indiana. The supporting cast features Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy and Nancy Gates. MacLaine garnered her first Academy Award nomination, which she credited to Sinatra for his insistence on changing the film's ending. (READ FULL WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE)

THE THIN RED LINE (1964)

The Thin Red Line is a 1964 Cinemascope film based on James Jones's 1962 novel of the same name. The film follows the life of a number of American soldiers during the battle of Guadalcanal.

 

The black-and-white film was filmed in Spain. Bernard Gordon's screenplay of Jones's work concentrates on the relationship between the young rule-breaking, "survival-at-any-cost", Private Doll (Keir Dullea) and the older veteran 1st Sgt Welsh (Jack Warden). (READ FULL WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE)

 

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