Filipino films through the years adapted classic masterpieces from almost every corner of the literary world.
To prove this point, listed hereunder are some of the local films that adapted novels and re-situated them to the Filipino setting:
Alkitrang Dugo—Adapted from the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, this film starred Roderick Paulate and Nora Aunor’s brother, Eddie Villamayor, in an NV Productions project.
Camelia—Adapted from Alexander Dumas’ The Lady of the Camelias, this 1949 film starred Carmen Rosales, Rogelio dela Rosa and Patricia Mijares. It was produced by LVN Pictures Inc.
Higit sa Korona—Inspired by the classic novel The Egyptian (which was earlier made ito a Hollywood movie), this film was directed by Richard Abelardo from a script by Nemesio Caravana . It starred Mario Montenegro and Delia Razon with the supporting cast that included Rosa Rosal, Johnny Reyes, Jose Vergara , Alfonso Carvajal, Rosa Aguirre and Joseph de Cordova.
Ang Kabit ni Mrs. Montero—This 1999 film lifted the story of Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence It starred Edu Manzano, Sunshine Cruz and Gardo Versosa.
Kuba sa Kyapo—Starring Starring Leopoldo Salcedo, Mila del Sol and Jaime Castellvi, this 1949 film was directed by Nemesio Caravana and was clearly inspired by Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Norte Dame.
Ang Langit sa Lupa—Produced by Nepomuceno Productions, this film was obviously inspired by the story of St. Bernadette Story. It starredCharito Solis who won for this film the Best Actress award in the 1967 Asian Film Festival. Her co-stars in the film were Ric Rodrigo, Liza Lorena and Greg Martin.
Lorelei—Adapted from the fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid, this 1975 film was topbilled byw Miss Finland Johanna Raunio, a 1974 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant finalist.
Ang Prinsesa at ang Pulubi—A variation of the story of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, this 1951 film cast Tessie Agana in a dual role. Produced by Sampaguita Pictures, it also starred Fred Montilla.
Ramadal—Efren Reyes topbilled this film which was adapted from H.G Wells’ The Invisible Man. It was produced by Premiere Productions.
Rodrigo de Villa—This 1952 film was inspired by the classic epic story of El Cid and starred Mario Montenegro and Delia Razon. It was produced by LVN Pictures.
Sandino—Adapted from the novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, this 1952 film starred Danilo Montes and Ester Buenaobra with Patria Plata and Luis San Juan. It was scripted by Dominador, Ad. Castillo and directed by Eduardo de Castro for Premiere Productions.
Satur—A top-heavy cast of Manuel Conde, Jaime dela Rosa and Delia Razon starred in this film whiht was adapted from Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster.
Sigfredo—Another Manuel Conde starrer, this 1951 film was adapted from the German epic Des Ring Des Nibelurgen. It co-starred Elvira Reyes in the role of Kriemheld. It was produced by Lebran Productions.
Si Marita at ang Pitong Duwende—A 1960 Filipino version of the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, it starred by Marita Zobel and Robert Campos in a film written and directed by Susana G. De Guzman for 1960 LVN Picture Productions.
Tiya Loleng—Adapted from a novel titled Charley’s Aunt, this 1952 film starred Tessie Quintana and Armando Goyena for LVN Pictures Inc.
Tres Muskiteros—A Filipino version of The Three Musketeers of Alexander Dumas, this 1951 film starred Oscar Moreno, Fred Montilla and Cezar Ramirez in a movie produced by Sampaguita Pictures.
Tulisang Pugot—Vintage version of Washington Irving’s The Legend of sleepy Hollow , this 1953 film starred Fred Montilla in the title role for this Sampaguita Pictures production.
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