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Classic Films Based on Novels by Women Authors

It’s surprising how many classic films are based on novels by women authors. Here’s just a small sampling.

Cimarron (1931) was based on the 1929 novel by Edna Ferber, starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne. Centered on the story of the Oklahoma land rush that began in 1889, it was the first Western to have won Best Picture, and would be the last for nearly 60 years, until Dances with Wolves received the same honor. A true epic, the film was quite expensive to make and was more of a critical than commercial success.

The film was remade in 1960, also titled Cimarron, and though not as well-received as the original, became better known by way of regular broadcasts on television. This is one of several films based on Edna Ferber’s works. See Giant, up ahead; others include Show Boat, Saratoga Trunk, and So Big. Read More→


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