Digging into these David Lean adaptations but have never read any Dickens. Feel like that’s a literary blind spot I need to rectify considering every pop culture thing ever has some sort of Dickensian reference. Though I doubt the literature can compare with such masterpieces as a Muppet Christmas Carol.
I absolutely love the Robert Langdon series!
And I truly cannot wait to read the books (which are always 1000 better)
"The Da Vinci Code" 2006
-based on Dan Brown's novel
-directed by Ron Howard
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon
Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu
Jean Reno as Captain Bezu Fache
Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing
Paul Bettany as Silas
Alfred Molina as Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
Jurgen Prochnow as Andre Vernet
To protect both the fabric of the building, and the works of art it contains, the production's use of the Louvre Museum in Paris was carefully controlled. For instance, no equipment was allowed inside the Louvre during the opening hours, so filming took place at night. Since the crew were not permitted to shine light on the Mona Lisa, a replica was used to film instead. No blood or mysterious writings were permitted on the wooden floor of the museum, so these scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios, outside London. In the end, five replicas of the Mona Lisa were used.
The French Inspector's name, "Bezu Fache", is a crude pun. In French, the words roughly translate to "angry fucker". This alludes to Fache's short-tempered attitude.
Because it was not certain that the movie would be a hit, and that other adaptations of Dan Brown's novels would follow, this film was made as a stand-alone movie, rather than the beginning of a franchise. All references to the fact that Robert Langdon had already solved another murder riddle (in the novel "Angels and Demons", which precedes "The Da Vinci Code") were therefore purposefully left out of the script. When the movie was a huge financial success, production of Angels & Demons (2009) was started shortly after the release (but re-written as a sequel, not a prequel). Ron Howard's first envisioned choice for the role of Robert Langdon was Bill Paxton.
Though not mentioned in the film, Langdon is wearing a vintage Mickey Mouse watch as in the book.