Friday, February 13, 2009

Two questions

How many feature films have been based on or inspired by (and most importantly, titled after) non-character-driven nonfiction books?

I wondered about this after seeing the ads for He's Just Not That Into You.

The only other one I thought of was Woody Allen's "Everything you always wanted to know about sex *But were afraid to ask"...

Which leads to my second question—what other movies have asterisks in their titles?!

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Blogger Levi Stahl said...

Billy Crystal's HBO movie about Maris, 61*.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

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9:08 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good one!

What about M*A*S*H? Apparently only the TV series counts, the movie had no asterisks!*A*S*H_(TV_series)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Josh Glenn said...

The movie "MASH" has a "poster spelling" (aka promotional spelling) with the asterices... to use the pseudo-Latin plural.

Other movies and TV features with an asterisk or two in the promotional/poster spelling:

"K*19: The Widowmaker" (2002)

"The @r!$t* (r@t$" (2005)

"Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!" (2003)

"Young People F*cking" (2007)

"F*ck" (2005)

Some movies with an asterisk or two:

"A*P*E" (1976)

"S*P*Y*S" (1974)

"The Visionary* - (*Tesla)" (2005)

"KatieBird *Certifiable Crazy Person" (2005)

"You Are Here*" (2000)

"W*A*L*T*E*R" (1984) (TV)

"The Adventures of an *" (1957)

"Buy One, Get One Free*" (1996)

"*69" (1998)

10:25 AM  
Blogger R. Emmet Sweeney said...

Singer is one step ahead of you! Here are his "Six Films Adapted From Non-Narrative Non Fiction":

He lists the Woody Allen, among others.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Douglas Wolk said...

How about "Female Perversions"?

(There was also an excellent stage play based on Greil Marcus's "Lipstick Traces.")

3:11 PM  
Blogger D Cairns said...

Adaptation is an adaptation of a non-character-driven non-fiction book.

Do the Asterix films count as films with asterisks in the titles? I suppose they don't.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

And then there's the biggest asterisk movie, Andy Warhol's 24-hour-long **** (Four Stars) (1966).

5:18 PM  

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