Madeline meets the silver screen

January 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Madeline a film based on the books of Ludwig Bemelmans; produced by Tri-Star Pictures; 1998.

Looking over these reviews, it seems that I’ve gone back more than 10 years on some materials.  While ideally I should be reviewing more recent acquisitions, I think that in the current economic environment, being able to repurpose or generate new interest in what is already in the collection is not only desirable but also responsible.

I wanted to review Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (ooh, Johnny Depp) having watched it for my “Thinking Inside the Box” project, but my daughter picked this out at the library because we have read all of the Madeline books over and over again.

The film adaptation did a terrific job combining the stories from the main books in the series—including the story of Pepito and their visit to the circus.  Miss Clavel is played in unruffled perfection by Frances McDormand and Hatty Jones is a believable Madeline.  Even the old house in Paris was covered in vines!

I would not hesitate to pair this movie with a collection of Madeline books in a box or display.


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