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Paging Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren: Nancy Mitford's Novels Need You

by Caryn James
March 23, 2011 1:00 AM
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That ridiculous poster you see is for one of the all-time laughable bad movies made from good books. Nancy Mitford’s 1951 novel The Blessing is a great romantic comedy of cultural manners about a proper Englishwoman who marries a womanizing Frenchman (kind of redundant to say womanizing Frenchman, which is very much Mitford’s point).

Alexander Korda came to Mitford with the idea and asked her to write a film treatment, which she would then be free to turn into a novel. He rejected her treatment, but she had the sweetest revenge: her book became a best seller and he had to buy the movie rights for many times what he had paid for the film work in the first place. And Count Your Blessings? Not her fault.

Because I wrote the introduction to the Vintage edition of The Blessing, Random House’s sparkling Word and Film website asked me to write about what Mitford book might be best translated to the screen. I can already see the fabulous film version of Love in a Cold Climate. I know that Carey Mulligan, Emily Blunt, Helen Mirren and Geoffrey Rush are busy, but they are my dream cast.

You can read the entire piece and check out the rest of the smart, informative Word and Film site here.

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