Film/Book: ‘These Foolish Things’ by Deborah Moggach

the best exotic marigold hotelThe Book by Deborah Moggach

This is another book which successfully translated from the page to the cinema, perhaps because the screenplay was written by the author? In this case the original novel, These Foolish Things [see the original paperback cover above, which I bought in 2005] was re-named for the film. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a long title to fit onto a book cover or spine, but that is not a problem for the film.

Moggach is the sort of author who, once discovered, is always loved.

The first paragraph is so visual, it’s easy to see why it was made into a film:

“Muriel Donnelly, an old girl in her seventies, was left in a hospital cubicle for forty-eight hours. She had taken a tumble in Peckham High Street and was admitted with cuts, bruises and suspected concussion. Two days she lay in A&E, untended, the blood stiffening on her clothes.”

If you have watched the film, you know Muriel is played by Maggie Smith.

the best exotic marigold hotel The Film:

In 2011, the first of what was to become a pair of films based on Deborah Moggach’s novel, was released. The pedigree was impressive: Moggach wrote the screenplay, the director was John Madden, of Shakespeare in Love. A few of the storylines were twisted, but this was forgiven for the stellar cast who made great use of Moggach’s witty dialogue. Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie: a veritable who’s who of British character actors. Plus the youngest on this list: Dev Patel  who had already starred in Slumdog Millionaire.

Buy the DVD.


Watch the film trailer here.

The second film, with the original cast plus Richard Gere, Tamsin Grieg and David Strathairn, opened in the UK two months ago. Watch the film trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here. Buy the DVD.

Another of Moggach’s books, Tulip Fever, is due to be released in 2017. Again, Moggach has written the screenplay, this time with British playwright Tom Stoppard. The film stars Alicia Vikander, Jack O’Connell and Christoph Waltz, plus Judi Dench, David Harewood and Tom Hollander. For more about Deborah Moggach’s other books, click here for her website.

Read about these other books, made into films:-
‘Last Orders’ by Graham Swift
‘All the Birds, Singing’ by Evie Wyld

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‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ by Deborah Moggach [UK: Vintage] Buy now

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    • sandradan1

      Yes, though I think I preferred the book to the film, as lovely as the first film was. SD