29 posts categorized "Literary Adaptation"

February 17, 2022

PAPER MOON

ColeSmithey.comAn American classic.

Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 adaptation of "Addie Pray" (by Joe David Brown) is in black and white, like his first film "The Last Picture Show," another classic American film.

Depression era Kansas is a beautiful monster under László Kovács's fantastic cinematography.

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Tatum O'Neal deservedly won an Oscar for her nine-year-old performance as kid who takes to grifting like a fish to water, under the guidance of Ryan O'Neal's bible-selling con man Moses Pray.

The dad and daughter chemistry is off the charts.

Dollars add up.

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Madeleine Kahn is terrific as Trixie Delight.

Yep.

Rated PG. 102 mins. 

5 Stars

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February 06, 2022

BARRY LYNDON — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

ColeSmithey.comStanley Kubrick's interminable adaptation of Thackeray's 1844 picaresque novel would be marginally better without its narrative crushing voiceover-narration.

Cold and remote.

"Barry Lyndon" doesn't hold a candle to Bohumil Hrabal's "I Served The King Of England," if picaresque tales are your thing.

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Lina Wertmüller's "Seven Beauties" is another, better, choice if you want roguish social climbers following fate across classes. 

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Kubrick's signature overwrought filming methods included using [mostly] only candle light for interior scenes.

Whoopie-shit. 

Rated PG. 183 long mins.

2 Stars

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January 17, 2022

AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

ColeSmithey.comHere is a dirty hands biopic with bite.

Jane Campion's rigorous filmic rendition of Janet Frame's picaresque autobiography is a stunner by any measure.

New Zealand's most celebrated author/poet gets a fully voiced telling of a life punctuated by abuse, tragedy, and literary success.

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Campion's pitch perfect casting of three actresses to perform different periods of Frame's life, anchors this film in a rare sense of dynamic realism.

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"An Angel At My Table" is Jane Campion's finest cinematic achievement.

5 Stars

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