My Movie Business

My Movie Business

A Memoir

Book - 1999
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John Irving's memoir describes the author's involvement (and lack thereof) in five of the films that have (and have not) been made from his nine novels. My Movie Business focuses primarily on the thirteen years Mr. Irving spent writing and rewriting his screenplay of The Cider House Rules, for four different directors. A Miramax production, the film was finally shot in the fall of 1998 directed by the Swedish director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog), with Michael Caine in the role of Dr. Larch. The Cider House Rules is a November 1999 release. Mr. Irving also writes about the failed effort to make his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, into a movie; about two of the films that were made from his novels (but not from his screenplays), The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire; and about his ongoing struggle to shepherd his screenplay of A Son of the Circus into production. In addition to its qualities as a memoir - anecdotal, comic, affectionate, and candid - My Movie Business is an insightful essay on the essential        differences between writing a novel and writing a screenplay. Never have the two forms of storytelling been so lucidly compared and contrasted; the details are memorable, the examples clarifying. My Movie Business includes photos by Stephen Vaughan, the still photographer on the film set of The Cider House Rules.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 1999.
ISBN: 9780676972665
0676972667
Branch Call Number: 813/.54/Irvin 3588a4 1
Characteristics: 170 p. : ill.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 07, 2016

Brief, but enjoyable memoir about the novels of John Irving that were brought to the screen, which at the time were "The World According to Garp" (a success), "The Hotel New Hampshire" (not a success), and "The Cider House Rules" (won some Oscars). He spends most of his time on "Cider House," as it took a while to come to the screen and was the one he was most involved with. As in his novels, Irving is witty, observant, and unsentimental. I think his novels are far too nuanced, sprawling, and complex to be really adapted successfully, but I enjoyed reading about the process and his thoughts about each film.

pscho Nov 13, 2001

John Irving begins with a description of the writings of his grandfather, a better doctor than writer. Most of the book deals with Irving''s books being made into films. The discussion of screen-play versus novel writing is particularly interesting. The focus of the book is Cider House Rules, which went through 4 directors and a number of screenplays. Irving explains the differences between the movie and the film and why characters, timelines and plot all were changed. Definitely made me want to read Cider House Rules and watch the movie again. My Movie Business is quite short and I would have liked to hear more about other films. There is some discussion of Garp and Hotel New Hampshire.

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