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The Rocky History of Philip Roth Novels Being Adapted to the Big Screen

29 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Philip Roth (Courtesy: Eric Thayer/Reuters

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to acclaimed American authors, Philip Roth is right up there with the best of them—so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his work has been translated from page to screen numerous times and to varying degrees of success.

Over the years, seven of the novelist’s books have been adapted to the big screen—with two of them coming out in 2016 alone: Indignation and American Pastoral. Before that, though, there was Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, Elegy (based on The Dying Animal), and The Humbling.

Goodbye, Columbus (1969)—which starred Ali MacGraw and Richard Benjamin—earned Arnold Schulman a nomination for best adapted screenplay and was generally well-received by critics and did quite well at the box office.

Portnoy’s Complaint (1972)—which was adapted by Ernest Lehman—didn’t fare that »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Match the movie still to the book adaptation - quiz

19 September 2016 4:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Toronto film festival is over and with it our first glimpse at Ewan McGregor’s attempt to bring Philip Roth’s American Pastoral to the big screen. How well do you remember other notable film versions of novels?


The Human Stain

The Hours

The Great Gatsby

The End of the Affair

The Reader

The Remains of the Day

The English Patient

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Doctor Zhivago

Women in Love

The L-Shaped Room

Fahrenheit 451

My Fair Lady



La Confidential

Devil in a Blue Dress

Fight Club

The Talented Mr Ripley


Enduring Love

Pride & Prejudice

Never Let Me Go

True Grit

No Country For Old Men

The Road

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A Most Wanted Man

Our Kind of Traitor

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Constant Gardener

Million Dollar Baby

The Green Mile

The Notebook

Revolutionary Road

Out of Africa

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- Aidan Mac Guill

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Indignation Movie Review

1 August 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Indignation     Roadside Attractions/ Summit Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  James Schamus Written by: James Schamus, based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Edmond, Danny Burstein Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/7/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 If nobody can surpass F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ability to conjure up the 1920s in America, ditto for Woody Allen for the 1930s, then can anyone capture the spirit of the early 1950s better than Philip Roth?  The great novelist (30 books) is now retired, but happily movies continue to be adapted from his works, such as “The Human Stain,” Goodbye  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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‘Indignation’ Director James Schamus: Film Is Dead, And That’s Okay

1 August 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Being dead is not the same thing as not existing — many things exist that are dead. Indeed, I would argue that many of the greatest things that exist are dead and this is not necessarily a bad thing.” — James Schamus

In November of 2014, a little more than a year after he had been fired from his long-time job as the CEO of Focus Features, James Schamus was invited to the German Film Academy to give a speech about the future of cinema. Naturally, the underlying assumption of the event was that it had one.

The talk began on a routine note, as Schamus name-checked Theodor Adorno, bridged the gap between George Méliès and Christopher Nolan, and pushed through the obligatory references to the rise of Netflix and the fall of DVD. And then, reaching the fifth point of a lecture that he had split into 23 discrete fragments, Schamus reframed the conversation, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Indignation’ Review: Ex-Focus Boss James Schamus’ Directorial Debut Is Exceptional

25 July 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Having written more than 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize winner American Pastoral, it is somewhat surprising that there haven’t been more film adaptations of Philip Roth’s work. Portnoy’s Complaint, Goodbye Columbus, The Human Stain and more recently Barry Levinson’s The Humbling have been among the few to make it to the screen. But this year with American Pastoral (October 21) and this week’s release of Indignation, Roth is a hot commodity in cinemas. As I say in… »

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Ewan McGregor’s ‘American Pastoral’ Gets October Release

28 April 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has set an awards-season date of Oct. 21 for a limited release of its drama “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor starring and making his feature directorial debut.

The studio will expand the run a week later. The cast includes Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Jennifer Connelly, Rupert Evans, Peter Riegert and Dakota Fanning.

Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing along with Andre Lamal. John Romano adopted Philip Roth’s novel, which was published in 1997.

American Pastoral” follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by committing a deadly act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.

The book, published in 1997, is the first novel in Roth’s American postwar trilogy, followed by “I Married a Communist” and “The Human Stain.” Lakeshore has produced two »

- Dave McNary

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Berlinale ’16: Indignation review

14 February 2016 9:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Indignation review: Logan Lerman leads this interesting drama from long-time Ang Lee producer James Schmaus in his directorial debut.

Indignation review by Paul Heath, Berlin Film Festoval, 2016. Indignation is the new film from celebrated American filmmaker James Schamus, the producer behind movies like Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility and The Ice Storm. Here, Schmaus moves to direct his first motion picture, a period drama based on The Human Stain writer Phillip Roth‘s novel, Indignation.

Leading the cast is rising star Logan Lerman. He plays the character of Marcus Messner, a working-class, Jewish student from New Jersey, who wins a scholarship to attend a prestigious Ohio college, thus avoiding the call-up for duty in the Korean War. There, he attracts the attention, and is attracted to, fellow student Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), causing his sexual liberation,  and the indignation of the title, most of which comes from the direction of »

- Paul Heath

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Review: Indignation (Sundance)

28 January 2016 12:54 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A Jewish boy (Logan Lerman) attending a Wasp-y university on a scholarship, falls for a beautiful, sexually provocative classmate (Sarah Gadon). Review: Novelist Philip Roth is generally considered to be the hardest author to adapt to films. While screenwriter Nicholas Mayer gave it his best shot with The Human Stain and Elegy, the books are probably too specific to their form to make for good movies.... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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