Collateral

Starring Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy. Directed by Mira Nair.
Running Time: 137 mins
Rated: Rated PG.
Perhaps many people think that this film has connections with the popular magazine of the same name. Rather, the magazine takes us back to one of the great classic novels of 19th century English literature, William Thackeray's Vanity Fair. Thackeray, like Charles Dickens, was an expert purveyor of the three-volume novel, serialized in magazines and, so, having a double life as a
best-seller. How well can such sizable novels be transferred to the screen?
And why should we see such films?

First, a religious note: Thackeray took his title from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity

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