The French Lieutenant’s Woman is a 1969 postmodern historical fiction novel by John Fowles. It was his third published novel, after The Collector (1963) and The Magus (1965). The novel explores the fraught relationship of gentleman and amateur naturalist Charles Smithson and Sarah Woodruff, the former governess and independent woman with whom he falls in love. The novel builds on Fowles’ authority in Victorian literature, both following and critiquing many of the conventions of period novels.Following popular success, the novel created a larger legacy: the novel has had numerous responses by academics and other writers, such as A.S. Byatt, and through adaptation as film and dramatic play. In 1981, the novel was adapted as a film of the same name with script by the playwright Harold Pinter, directed by Karel Reisz and starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. The film received considerable critical acclaim and awards, including several BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The novel was also adapted and produced as a British play in 2006.
A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who’s engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair. Anna and Mike, who play the characters of Sarah and Charles, go, during the shooting of the film, through a relationship that runs parallel to that of their characters.
Who would have thought that a dysfunctional, deranged, down-and-out homeless person in pre-First World War Vienna become, 20 years later, Chancellor of Germany? This peculiar and intriguing film simply named “Max” argues that he succeeded because he had such a burning need to be recognized (sounds familiar ?)–and also, of course, because of luck= good for him, bad for us.
If Hitler had won fame as an artist, the century’s history might have been different.
“Max” imagines a fictional scenario in which the young Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) is befriended by a one-armed Jewish art dealer named Max Rothman (John Cusack) in Munich in the years following World War I.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family’s fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States.
Script Harold Pinter, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel
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Posted in CLASSICAL LITERATURE, Drama, Elia Kazan, Ensemble Film, FROM A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NOVEL
Tagged DANA ANDREWS, DONALD PLEASENCE, Elia Kazan, Jeanne Moreau, RAY MILLAND, ROBERT MITCHUM, Tony Curtis
By the same director of ” A streetcar name desire”, “On the waterfront” and “Viva Zapata” the controversial and idolized ELIA KAZAN. Written by Budd Schulberg…Complex Political Parable in which an ambitious young radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) finds a charming rogue named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air…the rest is history…present day history…
WHAT’S IN A NAME ?
The name of the Rose
Umberto Eco’s novel
Did you read the novel ?
Have you seen the film ?
The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud , starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater…
Which one did you prefer ? The novel or the film ?
Who committed the murders ?
Where there any murders ?
Is this what the pundits were saying back then ?
“If The Name of the Rose seems an odd choice for such critical and popular acclaim, Eco’s elevation into literary superstardom seems just as surprising. A scholarly university professor, Eco’s main fields of interest included semiotics, aesthetics, and medieval philosophy. No one could have predicted the furor caused by his debut novel and the subsequent film; yet the well-drawn characters, the mysterious setting, and the detective-fiction plot continue to attract a diverse audience that gathers every Monday evening @ the Cinematiki to discuss films like this”
Alain Resnais’ “Mon oncle d’Amerique” (1980) is one the New Wave pioneer’s best films, a winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes. It is audacious. Beginning with big stars of the time (Gerald Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre), he tells the life stories of these three in a way that promises to be traditional narrative.Alain Resnais’s “Mon Oncle d’Amerique” is presented in the form of a “case history,” replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit.
A GREAT FILM TO WATCH AND DISCUSS TOGETHER !!!