ON POETRY, WRITING AND RANDOM CULTURAL MATTERS

Saturday, 26 May 2012

On the Road




The first film I have actually managed to go and see in France - and a mass Spoken Word outing.  It was much anticipated and had me engaged in all kinds of pre-reading - namely both the scroll and the published version of the novel in the last few weeks. Beat that!



Enjoyable, but less about the journeys, more about the partying and the vast American landscape was zipped through in seconds. I would have liked to have seen more of it and heard more from the novel in the narration, especially the wonderful descriptive passages about America. I don't understand why the script was based on the scroll, but names were from the novel. What drove this choice? We all know who's who, why not just call them by their real names? It's an almost impossible task to make a film from this book, so, fair effort and well worth going to see. Some of the French press I've read hate it, but ignore that and make up your own mind.


If you want more you can visit the scroll itself at the Museum of Books and Manuscripts where it will reside until 19 August. For details go here: http://www.museedeslettres.fr/public/



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