Friday, November 30, 2007

Line-up For 2008 Sundance

The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival is up.

Among the line-up are some book-to-film adaptations: "Choke", adapted from the Chuck Palahniuk novel, and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" -- from Michael Chabon's first novel. "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" stars Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte. I think I'm going to read the novel first.

My eye will be on "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," directed and written by Steven Sebring. It's a documentary that offers a portrait of my favourite poet-musician-prophetess.

I want to be there.


Anonymous said...

keep seeing this mention of Art Bechstein in MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH as being "a teen," yet the character is a recent college graduate... Maybe he's a super-genius!

Regardless... If you're a fan of the Michael Chabon novel, don't waste your time with this film.

I've read the screenplay and RMT has seriously CHANGED the story that MOP fans have loved for almost 20 years.

Completely CUT is Art's namesake, gay Arthur Lecomte. Phlox has been reduced to Art's ex-g/f and the uber-hetero Cleveland is now a bisexual. (You don't want to know the things he and Art will do together!) As for Jane... How RMT ever decided this throwaway character from the book should be elevated to leading lady status, I will never know!

Guess Sienna couldn't handle playing an American and since Jane is half-British...

Don't trust me? Email me for a copy of the script and see for yourself: bechstein[at]yahoo[dot]com

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darkorpheus said...

fanq Thanks for the tip on the film. They really butchered it? I guess I'll stick with the novel then.