The Lathe of Heaven

1980, Taurus Film/WNET

Shot in only two weeks on a paltry budget of $250,000, this adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's novel of the same name was surprisingly—even amazingly—effective, proving without a doubt you don't need a big budget, big stars or big effects to create a compelling film. Indeed, the time and budget constraints more than likely contributed to its success, since the producers had to find creative ways to convey enormous (read: costly) literary concepts economically. I believe they succeeded brilliantly.

Now, having said all of that, I'd be quite interested to see the novel faithfully adapted with a big, fat budget, just to experience some of the awesome imagery conjured by Le Guin.

       

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