Which is better -- the book or the movie?
The Painted Veil
W. Somerset Maugham
Director John Curran tempers the melancholy setting of Maugham's 1925 novel China during a cholera epidemic with vibrant landscapes and an extra fillip of romance in the marriage between a British doc (Edward Norton) and his wife (Naomi Watts).
Last Word Maugham's story becomes both more harrowing and tender on the big screen. Hannah Tucker
The Good German
Screenwriter Paul Attanasio reframes Kanon's post-WWII thriller by tweaking the ending and alternating between three narrators: journalist Jake (George Clooney), his lost love Lena (Cate Blanchett), and his driver (Tobey Maguire).
Last Word Though Steven Soderbergh's B&W cinematography is exquisite, Kanon's novel is more thought-provoking. Michelle Kung