[ilds] My Family and Other Animals, the Movie

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 6 14:42:10 PDT 2007


Sorry, I haven't seen the 1980 version of My Family and Other Animals.  This is the first I've heard of that film.

Bruce

-----Original Message-----
>From: Durrell School of Corfu <durrells at otenet.gr>
>Sent: Jun 6, 2007 2:19 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family and Other Animals, the Movie
>
>In what way do you think the 2005 version of MFOA differs (better or worse) 
>than the 1980s version? Many Corfiots would be interested in your answer. RP
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>To: "Durrell School of Corfu" <durrells at otenet.gr>; "Durrell list" 
><ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 5:18 PM
>Subject: [ilds] My Family and Other Animals, the Movie
>
>
>> The production of My Family and Other Animals demonstrates the 
>> difficulties of transposing Gerald Durrell's wacky and poetic novel onto 
>> film.  It's neither funny nor lyrical.  The latter would require 
>> imaginative camera work, perhaps the kind the great Japanese director 
>> Akira Kurosawa was capable of or the great French director, Claire Denis. 
>> The former needs a script and actors that can do more than make the plot 
>> appear like a bunch of weirdos doing slapstick.  The young actor 
>> portraying Larry was particularly bad.  In Gerald's book, his older 
>> brother comes across as an ambitious writer on the make.  In the film, 
>> he's simply a colossal jerk.  The Corfu scenery was interesting, in a 
>> postcard kind of way, but largely wasted.  I would like to see what Denis 
>> would do with it. (In fact, I would like to see Denis tackle the Avignon 
>> Quintet -- that's her kind of weird stuff.)  Given a good script, actors, 
>> and director, period pieces set in the Mediterranean can be successful. 
>> Here, I cite the British adaptation of Olivia Manning's Balkan and Levant 
>> Trilogies (The Fortunes of War [1987]), shot on location, which featured 
>> the acting of the magnificent Emma Thompson.  A tremendous film in all 
>> respects.  That crew could have done something interesting with the 
>> Alexandria Quartet.  They'd probably have failed, but it would have been 
>> provocative and memorable.
>>
>> Bruce
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>>>From: Durrell School of Corfu <durrells at otenet.gr>
>>>Sent: Jun 5, 2007 10:06 PM
>>>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>>Subject: Re: [ilds] Durrell's art of pastiche
>>>
>>>In what sense was it 'terrible'? RP




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