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Are there any great Agatha Christie Movies?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:46 pm - August 17, 2008.
Filed under: Literature & Ideas,Movies/Film & TV

Shortly after reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in Seventh Grade, I became enamored with the English crime novelist, using much of my Bar Mitzvah money to buy her books and tearing through them.   I always enjoyed the read, but as a adult, can remember few of the plots, save that of that first novel I read — and that of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Perhaps, remembering my adolescent love for Dame Agatha, I recently bought two of her DVDs when I saw them on sale, Evil Under the Sun (which had a character with the same surname as I!) and Death on the Nile.  Both had “all-star” casts, the former featuring James Mason, Roddy McDowall and Maggie Smith, the latter featuring Smith, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow. David Niven and Angela Lansbury.  Both films were entertaining and engaging, but neither really stood out as great cinema.

I know, over the years, I’ve seen a great variety of movies adapted from Christie’s novels, but can remember only one because it featured Elizabeth Taylor, The Mirror Crack’d. So, I wondered if her movies were like her books, engaging stories, but lacking memorable plots or themes.

Oh, but then there is Sidney Lumet‘s Murder on the Orient Express, truly a great film, with Albert Finney perhaps the best screen Hercule Poirot and Ingrid Bergman winning her third Oscar.

Are there other movies adapted from Christie novels of this caliber?