114 posts categorized "Literary Adaptation"

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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January 10, 2022

THE POWER OF THE DOG

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ColeSmithey.comWestern revenge failure.

It's shocking that neither the "Power of the Dog" novelist nor screenwriter/director Jane Campion ever read Confucius. 

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." 

This film's grave was dug before filming began.

Brutality for brutality's sake.

Anachronisms come gratis. 

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Rated R. 126 mins.

1 Star

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