The next film that I have up on my list is All Quiet on the Western Front, the first film based on a book to receive the Best Picture Oscar. I read the book a long time ago in high school, but I honestly don't remember the details at this point. I actually think I saw parts of the film back at that time as well, but I don't recall if it was the 1930 version or the color version from the 70s.
Well, I decided to add another wrinkle to my project. For any films on the list that were inspired by or based on a book or story, I am going to try and read the story prior to watching the movie.
Why add this complexity?
Well, part of the idea behind doing this project was to put myself in the world of people seeing these films at the time they were first released. Part of that would be knowing of the books or stories and perhaps seeking them out around the time of seeing the film.
I firmly believe in reading the book before seeing the film whenever possible. In 99.9% of cases, the book is always better. It's so much easier to provide backstory and explanations through a 300 page novel, than in a two hour film. Inevitably, things get left of when you make a movie based on a book.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of excellent film adaptations of books, from Gone With the Wind to The Lord of the Rings, it seems like we have wanted to see our books come to life in more than just our imaginations for as long as cinema has existed.
Now, all this being said, it may cause some minor delays between poems as I try to crash through some rather lengthy novels (yes I'm looking at you Gone With the Wind and All the King's Men) but I'm going to do my best to cover every angle of these stories, regardless of the format they came in.