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Fairfax Public Access Presents Spanish Language Versions of Classic Movies in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Encourages Reading of Literary Classics

Fairfax County’s own nonprofit cable network, Fairfax Public Access (FPA), will present a special series of Spanish language versions of young people’s movies, based on literary works, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). The specials will air on FPA CHANNEL 36.  The FPA cable network is carried by Verizon FiOS TV and Cox Communications throughout Fairfax County, and by Comcast in Reston.

The Spanish language versions of the films based on well-loved novels include El Libro de la Selva (The Jungle Book, 1942), based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling; La Pimpernela Escarlata (The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1934), based on the novel by Baroness Orczy; La Pequeña Princesa (The Little Princess, 1939), based on the novel, A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett; and Los Viajes De Gulliver (Gulliver's Travels, 1939) based on the works of Jonathan Swift.

“It is our hope that these movies will pique our young people’s interest, motivating them to read the original literary works upon which the movies are based,” states FPA Executive Director Chuck Peña.

Free downloads of the books are available at the url’s provided at the end of each movie’s description below:

El Libro de la Selva (The Jungle Book, 1942) The Spanish language version of the full-length Technicolor production directed by Zoltán Korda and produced by his brother Alexander, and is based on a screenplay adaptation by Laurence Stallings of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, about a boy, raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color.

ORIGINAL NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD OR TO READ ONLINE AT: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/236

La Pimpernela Escarlata (The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1934) Spanish language version of this epic motion picture staring Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey– all three of whom were extremely popular movie stars of the era with all three receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Actor/Actress during their careers. The film is based on the classic 1908 adventure novel by Baroness Emma Orczy, which tells the of the adventures an eighteenth-century English aristocrat, who leads a double life, appearing as an effete aristocrat while engaged in an underground effort to free French prisoners from Robespierre's Reign of Terror.

ORIGINAL NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD OR TO READ ONLINE AT: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60 

La Pequeña Princesa (The Little Princess, 1939) Based on the novel by  Frances Hodgson Burnett. Spanish language version of the first Shirley Temple movie to be filmed completely in Technicolor. Twentieth Century Fox studio executive Daryl Zanuck secured the rights to the children's novel, A Little Princess, believing the book would be an ideal vehicle for the girl. The Little Princess was a 1939 critical and commercial success with Shirley's acting at its peak. Upon the movie’s release, Variety reported, “And, while the story has been changed for screen purposes, the general line is close enough.”

ORIGINAL NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD OR TO READ ONLINE AT: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/146

Los Viajes De Gulliver (Gulliver's Travels, 1939) This Technicolor animated feature film was produced by famous animator Max Fleischer (creator of Betty Boop, Popeye cartoons, the original Superman cartoons, and the Out of the Ink Well series) in response to Walt Disney's Snow White. The film is based on Travels to Lilliput, the first of the four parts of Jonathan Swift's 1726 classic novel Gulliver's Travels. Fleischer adapted the novel to modern audiences. In the original story, Lilliput and the neighboring country of Blefuscu go to war over a disagreement over which side of an egg should be cracked first. In the movie, the dispute is over a song. Indeed, the movie received two Academy Award nominations -- for Best Song and Best Music.

ORIGINAL NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD OR TO READ ONLINE AT: https://ia801404.us.archive.org/2/items/gulliverstravels17157gut/17157-h...

For a complete list of Hispanic Heritage Month programs, please click here.