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Which big screen versions of our favourite books have managed to preserve their essence, even introducing the original text to new audiences? Alexander Armstrong, presenter of Classic FM's Summer Book Club, has a good idea of the ones that work for him.
Jane Austen’s first published work was released in 1811 with Austen writing under the pseudonym, ‘A Lady’. Ang Lee’s version was released in 1995 to great acclaim, featuring an Oscar-nominated soundtrack by Patrick Doyle. Emma Thompson picked up the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Alexander Armstrong says: "There are few things more depressing than going to see a film adaptation of your favourite book, only to discover they’ve absolutely ruined the plot and everything you loved about it in the first place. On the other hand, it’s a great feeling when there's one that just works. And this one does."
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