Murder on the Orient Express is – not unfairly – one of Christie’s most revered and famed novels. The story of the murder in the Calais Coach, and Hercule Poirot solving the case amidst the twelve suspects in a snowbound train was the source for 1974’s opening edition in the Poirot film series, a lavish and self-consciously nostalgic all-star film, and, more recently, David Suchet’s bleaker version which emphasised the moral trials that both the killer(s) and Poirot must undergo. In between came this little oddity, a modern take on the story with a more subdued Poirot and a somewhat cherry-picking approach to the story itself. Let’s take a look…
August 28, 2011
August 24, 2011
Film review: “The Man in the Brown Suit” (1989)
with Stephanie Zimbalist (Anne Beddingfield), Ken Howard (Gordon Race), Edward Woodward (Sir Eustace Pedler), Rue McClanahan (Suzy Blair) and Tony Randall (Rev. Chichester)
written by Carla Jean Wagner
directed by Alan Grint
August 20, 2011
Following on from the success of ITV’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? and The Seven Dials Mystery, the network’s next foray into Christie was this ten-part series, The Agatha Christie Hour, which took lesser-known Christie stories – rarely murder mysteries – and gave them the one-hour TV treatment.
August 16, 2011
Film Review: Ordeal by Innocence (1985)
with Donald Sutherland (Dr. Arthur Calgary), Christopher Plummer (Leo Argyle), Annette Crosbie (Kirsten Lindstrom) and Faye Dunaway (Rachel Argyle)
written by Alexander Stuart
directed by Desmond Davis
August 12, 2011
The ’80s were Christie’s most prosperous decade for adaptations until the 2000s, with Peter Ustinov‘s Poirot, Joan Hickson‘s Marple, Francesca Annis and James Warwick as Tommy and Tuppence, and assorted other film and TV adaptations. While Christie had been disappointed with the vast majority of adaptations in her lifetime, the 80s would see her work treated far more reverently, and thus lead to David Suchet‘s purist revival in the 90s. Yet, however obliquely, most of these would not have been possible without this pair of TV movies from the start of the decade.
August 10, 2011
This week, I’ve watched and reviewed all five major film adaptations of Dame Agatha’s And Then There Were None. Today, I’m awarding the winner in each category. So please join us…
August 9, 2011
Welcome back to the final in my series of reviews of the various adaptations of And Then There Were None. Today it’s the most recent English-language film, 1989’s Ten Little Indians.