Friday 15 December 2017

Roald Dahl on film

Marie-Claire Chappet

As this month sees the sixth annual Roald Dahl day and the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach, we look at the top five screen adaptations of the author's work.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Starring Gene Wilder as the eponymous chocolate factory proprietor, the film was a musical interpretation of the 1964 book. It has since, despite Dahl's less than enthusiastic response, become a cult classic.

The Witches (1990)

Made the year of Dahl's death, Nicolas Roeg's The Witches is a visual masterpiece. Angelica Huston stars to great effect as the Grand high Witch plotting to rid the world of children by turning them into mice.

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

One of the most faithful adaptations of Dahl's books, the 1996 film boasts an impressive cast including Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite and Susan Sarandon.

Matilda (1996)

Danny DeVito directs one of the most beloved Dahl adaptations, starring Pam Ferris as perhaps the definitive image of Miss Trunchball.

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

The most recent Dahl screen adaptation was an oscar nominated, critical success and managed to snare some impressive voice talent, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.

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