Elmore Leonard on the Big Screen

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic's principal film critic, shares scenes from the best and worst adaptations of the crime-novelist's work.

"Why did Hollywood have such difficulty capturing [Elmore] Leonard’s appeal for so long?" asks Christopher Orr in the January/February Atlantic. Some film adaptations are cringe-inducingly dramatic; others err in the direction of campy humor. Only a few manage to translate Leonard's signature blend of suspenseful action and dry wit.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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