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"I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did,
and it has caused a great deal of confusion."

- Jeanette Winterson -


Film: Evening

Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Regrave, Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson, and Eileen Atkins, with these excellent actors on board, how could it flop?

Well, it wasn't because of the actors. The Susan Minot novel turned screenplay by Michael Cunningham lacked any sort of writing chops. The characters are drawn with crayon despite the skills of the actors. The storyline borrowed and re-used, the staging ridiculously stiff and corny, and the timing was just all wrong. It really bothered me that the dying matriarch (Redgrave who is beautiful even as an old dying woman) has gorgeous blue eyes, but her flashback younger self (Danes) has brown eyes. Details matter. I'm beginning to find Cunningham a pretentious windbag.


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