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The title pretty much tells it; Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain/Der Zauberberg is one of the best books I've ever read and, in the right hands, could make a masterpiece of a movie. Has anybody ever attempted it? If not, why not? Any prospects for the future? Somebody like Spielberg or Coppola could really do it well, I would think. Perhaps it would not make oodles of money, but it could be great (Academy Awards, etc.). Is there still a place for such movies, or is it all about the Benjamins now?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Ankit Sharma, Napoleon Wilson, wbogacz, Tom, coleopterist Dec 5 '13 at 19:10

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Welcome to Movies & TV. While there might be some valid question in here if somebody ever took an attempt to film it into account, the question if it ever was filmed seems easily answerable trivia and you at least might want to fix the highly subjective wording of the question (or the highly subjective premise in the first place). There are millions of books nobody has ever considered turning into a movie in contrast to the many people considering them worth a good adaptation. –  Napoleon Wilson Dec 5 '13 at 16:35

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According to the German Wikipedia article on the book, there was a German TV-production in 1968 (which should be pretty hard to find nowadays, not to speak of an English version) and a German-French-Italian co-production from 1982 (which seems to be internationally known and available on DVD), which was published as a cinema version lasting 2.5 hours and a three-part TV-version of double the length.

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Awesome; I just added that 82 flick to my netflix queue; I speak German, so it will be fine for me. –  B. Clay Shannon Dec 5 '13 at 16:53
@ClayShannon - Showoff. :) –  JohnP Dec 5 '13 at 17:55

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