Films by Harold Pinter

"Altogether, I have written twenty-four screenplays. Two were never shot. Three were rewritten by others. Two have not yet been filmed. Seventeen (including four adaptations of my own plays) were filmed as written. I think that's unusual. I certainly understand adapting novels for the screen to be a serious and fascinating craft."

Harold Pinter, September 2000

Alan Bates and Harold Pinter on the set of
'The Go-Between'
Harold Pinter, John Fowles and Karel Reisz on the set of
'The French Lieutenant's Woman'

Pinter sees his task in adapting any novel for the screen as matter of 'keeping faith' with the original work at the same time is honouring my commitments to the art of cinema. I never see it in the sense of improving the book" he says "and you don't change for change's sake, in order to assert oneself.'

Time Out, November 1990

  The Caretaker (1963)   The French Lieutenant's Woman (1980)
  The Servant (1963)   Betrayal (1981)
  The Pumpkin Eater (1963)   Victory (1982)
  The Quiller Memorandum (1965)   Turtle Diary (1984)
  Accident (1966)   The Handmaid's Tale (1987)
  The Birthday Party (1967)   Reunion (1988)
  The Go-Between (1969)   Heat of the Day (1988)
  The Homecoming (1969)   Comfort of Strangers (1989)
  Langrishe Go Down (1970) (adapted for TV 1978)   The Trial (1989)
  The Proust Screenplay (1972)   The Dreaming Child (1997)
  The Last Tycoon (1974)   The Tragedy of King Lear (2000)
  Collected Screenplays 1
  Collected Screenplays 2
  Collected Screenplays 3

Further Reading:

Making Pictures: The Pinter Screenplays by Joanne Klein. 1985 Ohio State university Press

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  The French Lieutenant's Woman
  Comfort of Strangers
  The Servant
  The Birthday Party
  The Go-Between
  Turtle Diary
  The Heat of the Day
  The Last Tycoon
  The Handmaid's Tale
  The Quiller Memorandum
  The Pumpkin Eater
  The Trial
    Films information compiled by Emily Holland and Daisy Evans
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