Thursday, 28 July 2011

Murder on the Orient Express on the Big and Small Screen

One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late. - Agatha Christie

Hello everyone!
Here, we take a look at some interesting films and television series that had adapted Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." Undoubtedly, they are a great companion to the book in providing a visual element.

Murder on the Orient Express- the film

Released in 1974, it won 7 awards and garnered 16 nominations, including an Oscar for Ingrid Bergman for Best Actress as Greta. This film contains a star-studded cast of Old Hollywood, including Albert Finney as our Hercule Poirot, Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard, Sean Connery as Colonel Arbuthnot, and Vanessa Redgrave as Mary.
Here is the trailer:

In 2010, Masterpiece Mystery featured "Murder on the Orient Express", starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot (who has long since played this character in this series).

There is even a computer game as well based on this mystery.

All of these aspects illustrates the popularity of Agatha Christie and this riveting tale which has captured the hearts and minds of readers for decades.
On the other hand,  there have been takes of "Murder on the Orient Express" that did not sit too well with the critics nor audiences in general:

Happy watching! Personally, I have seen the Masterpiece version of "Murder on the Orient Express" and I must say, I really enjoy this take and will find the time to watch the classic version as well.


In the second meeting, we were talking about other books we enjoy apart from our book club read and Shirley mentioned a title which others wanted to keep in mind.: "The Teahouse Fire" by Ellis Avery. Published in 2006, it takes place in Japan at the time of the infiltration of British and American business and church.


1 comment:

  1. A man is murdered in a moving train... Door locked from inside... Every passenger has a strong alibi... Flawless suspense novel.

    An Amazingly unpredictable plot.The journey on Orient is described in the most inviting way inducing in the reader, the nostalgic feeling of the Europe post world war 1.

    The Murder on the Orient Express matches the brilliance of 'And then there were None,' and 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.'

    Must read for those who love suspense novels or those who want to develop a taste in this genre.


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