Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005394, Fri, 14 Jul 2000 10:26:07 -0700

More movie stuff (fwd)
From: Juan Martinez <jmm80625@mail.ucf.edu>

Below follows a Reuters article on the Edinburgh film festival: The
relevant bit is that "The Defense" will be premiering there.

Full story at


Or down here:

Thursday July 13 4:41 AM ET
Edinburgh fest probes alt roots

By Derek Elley

LONDON (Variety) - Bookended by two controversial Cannes competitors,
Lars Von Trier's Palme d'Or winner ``Dancer in the Dark'' and Wong
Kar-wai's ``In the Mood for Love,'' the Edinburgh Intl. Film
Festival (Aug 13-27) is set to swing into its 54th edition with a
lineup that's closer to its indie/alternative roots than it has been
for some years.

``'Dancer' is a perfect opener for us,'' festival chief Lizzie
Francke told Daily Variety. ``It polarized opinion at
Cannes this year, and it's exciting that cinema can still do
that. That's what Edinburgh has always been about,
and we've tried this year for a more homogeneous program that
reflects the festival's ethos.''

On closing day, Hong Kong maverick Wong will also give a lecture on
his movies, illustrated with clips. Other
speakers trekking to the Scottish capitol include director Paul
Verhoeven (in for ``The Hollow Man'' with star
Elisabeth Shue), actress-helmer Liv Ullmann (with ``Faithless''),
ace cameraman Darius Khondji and
Hollywood composer Carter Burwell.

Major premieres include Terence Davies' costumer ``The House of
Mirth,'' from the Edith Wharton novel, with
Gillian Anderson and Eric Stoltz; and the world premiere of Marleen
Gorris' ``The Luzhin Defence,'' an
adaptation of the Vladimir Nabokov story, starring John Turturro and
Emily Watson.

U.S. fare is headlined by Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner ``You Can
Count on Me,'' plus ``Titus,'' ``Nurse
Betty,'' ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' and college comedy ``Road


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From: mary krimmel <mkrimmel@sciti.com>

Walter Miale wrote:

>...But still and all--ruined? Ruined? Would it ruin the novels to see Zero
>Mostel as Bloom, Nastasia Kinski as Tess of the d'Urbervilles, or Shelley
>Winters as Charlotte Haze? Did Chabrol ruin the experience of Madame
>Bovary? Did Godard ruin King Lear?...

I know practically nothing of movies (though I did make a point of seeing
both Lolitas), and I can't remember ever hearing of Godard. But I still
protest this inclusion of Lear in your list of questions.

Shakespeare didn't write novels.

I've heard student after student remark that he understood Oedipus Rex
(Macbeth, Streetcar named Desire,...) better after seeing the movie. Some
were even mystified as to why.

And even as a movie ignoramus, I'm enjoying this discussion much. Thanks to

Mary Krimmel