We always hear about the books that become movies. Practically every day, we write up news about this classic, pulp or children's book that is getting adapted. For all the remake-of-this-remake-of-that-remake, once in a while we even get a surprise that we wouldn't have imagined -- like Ernest Hemingway's posthumous The Garden of Eden hitting the big screen. But we don't talk too much about the books based on the big business of cinema. However, John Patterson over at The Guardian is taking on the task himself -- ruing about the lack of good movie books out there.

As Patterson begins, the pressing hunt used to be for older films on DVD. Bit by bit, older movies have found their way to the shelves. Heck, only months after I finally succumbed to buying Myra Breckinridge from an overseas distributor to finally see it, Raquel Welch danced her way onto those bright, shiny discs. So, what's next on the rant agenda? All of those movie books that have yet to be written. As Patterson says, after amassing a collection of critical greats: "But still, I'm not happy. All I notice are the gaps, the spaces on the shelves where unwritten books about subjects that obsess me would sit if only some lazy bastard would just write them."

Granted, the biggest problem in any fan situation is obsessing. It's Murphy's law. When you really, really want it, how often do you get it? Mix that with the fact that books are struggling for breath, the chances aren't good that we'll see the gaps being filled instead of, as he describes it, more Welles and Hitchcock. Nevertheless, he brings up a number of interesting directions movie writers could go -- a definitive biography on Douglas Sirk, or some bio play for Sam Fuller or even Bresson -- as well as "hostile biographies" as he calls them, that could reveal the skeletons of admired actors like John Huston and Sean Connery. There's a whole world of cinema waiting to be written, what are you itching for?
categories Movies, Cinematical