In a special holiday bundle, we’ve picked five movies you can enjoy in the Netflix streaming section and download a free eBook (in all the major eBook formats) to read alongside the film over the holidays.
Inspired by Jacket Copy‘s great list of 29 literary films to fill your holidays, we’ve created a specialized list for all the Netflix subscribers in the audience. Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.
Our handpicked favorites follow below, including a link to the free eBook. Add your favorite in the comments section. We’ve been building helpful Instant Movies for Readers lists all summer long, from the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays. Keep adding your suggestions as we update the lists.
1.Barry Lyndon: “Based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, this gorgeously painted tale yields a slow-moving portrait of a young Irishman (Ryan O’Neal) who moves up the social ladder through soldiering, spying and a marriage to a wealthy countess (Marisa Berenson). Although this Stanley Kubrick-directed film was a box office flop, it was eventually recognized as a masterpiece, winning four Academy Awards (including Best Cinematography).” Follow this link for the free eBook.
2. Enchanted April: “Stifled British wives Lottie (Josie Lawrence) and Rose (Miranda Richardson) rent an Italian villa for a husbandless vacation. Sharing the retreat are acerbic widow Mrs. Fisher (Oscar nominee Joan Plowright) and socialite Caroline (Polly Walker). The four spend a month savoring newfound freedom and the opportunity for self-discovery. Alfred Molina co-stars in this tale of 1920s English manners, based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel.” Follow this link for the free eBook.
Bleak House: “The wealthy and kind John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) takes orphaned Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) into his household, where she befriends two of his wards, Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada (Carey Mulligan). Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) guards a secret about Esther’s origins — and her fate. Charles Dickens’s suspenseful yarn of legal justice comes to life in this BBC miniseries penned by period-piece writer Andrew Davies.” Follow this link for the free eBook.
4. A Room with a View: “E.M. Forster’s turn-of-the-century novel about Edwardian manners is expertly adapted for the screen. Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) travels to Florence with her chaperone (Maggie Smith) in tow. There, Lucy meets and falls for a fellow countryman’s moody son (Julian Sands). But like any proper Englishwoman of that era, she must fight her feelings … and it’s a losing battle.” Follow this link for the free eBook.
5. A Christmas Carol: “Oscar winner George C. Scott stars as penny-pinching miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this critically acclaimed television adaption of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic. After working into the wee hours on the night before Christmas, Scrooge returns home to find the ghost of his former associate (Frank Finlay) and the promise of visits from three more spirits.” Follow this link for the free eBook.