Henry James Goes to the Movies

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July 20, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

In this anthology of essays, 16 academics dissect novelist Henry James’ seemingly inexhaustible allure to filmmakers ranging from William Wyler (1949’s The Heiress) to Jane Campion (1996’s The Portrait of a Lady) and examine the degrees to which these celluloid versions succeed in translating James’ highly uncinematic, psychological prose to the screen. Most intriguing: a positive reassessment of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1974 flop, Daisy Miller (maligned at the time because of the director’s blatant extramarital affair with his star, Cybill Shepherd), and a look at why The Wings of the Dove (a ”cross between soft-core porn and indie film,” writes Dianne Fsadoff) did decent box office while Campion’s artsy Lady did not. Even more surprising is an extensive filmography of 113 film and TV adaptations; can you guess which James work has been shot the most? (The Turn of the Screw.)

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