A Woman’s Life: 10 Classic Literature Film Adaptations

A Woman's Life

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To celebrate the release of A Womans Life in UK cinemas on 12th January, adapted from Guy De Maupassant’s 1883 novel of the same name, we’ve taken a look back at the big screen adaptations of classic literature that have been made over the last century.

It has never been an easy road to love and happiness for some of our favourite literary characters, while Elizabeth Bennet may have found Mr Darcy, the same fate was not always destined for Heathcliffe, it’s the journey rather than the destination that draws us in to their world.

Below is a list of films to help explore some memorable moments from the page to life on the big screen:

A Woman’s Life (2018)

A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman’s life in the 19th-century.

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Anna Karenina (2012)

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Jane Eyre (2011)

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?


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Little Women (1994)

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Oliver Twist (1948)

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Great Expectations (1946)

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Wuthering Heights (1939)

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

A WOMAN’S LIFE has received critical acclaim ahead of its highly anticipated release with Tom Dawson from TOTAL FILM calling the film, “A masterful adaptation, ★★★★”. The film follows Jeanne, a young woman in Normandy, 1819, full of childish dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her schooling in a convent. She marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful man. Little by little Jeanne’s illusions are stripped away.

A WOMAN’S LIFE is in UK cinemas 12th January.

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