Video: Six Tales, Twice Told

A Hemingway gem among a treasury of short stories

Translating a written tale into TV drama has its pitfalls. Excessive fidelity to the text can emphasize a story's origins on the page. Departure for drama's sake can suggest that what's onscreen came solely from a script. Those perils are present in 90-minute video anthologies -- something of an endangered species these days, like westerns -- that HBO and Showtime coincidentally offer for late-summer viewing. (Both debut Aug. 19.) Differently flawed, they nonetheless make for more satisfactory evenings than network reruns.

HBO's Women & Men: Stories of Seduction goes heavily Hollywood -- marquee- worthy directors, proven scriptwriters, a cast of (mostly)...