Thanks to Monica, one of my latest acquaintances in the blogosphere, I got to read this article in The Guardian.co.uk by Mark Lawson. My friends know how hectic I am these days and are always ready to help me in the hard task of being an updated, active blogger. Grateful thanks to them all!
This is a reflection about the success of and the great interest in filming the classics, even when the same text is adapted for the umpteenth time. It's always the same, same old story would you say? You'll find out that many disagree with you.
The article titled "Timeless Taboos: why 19th century novels appeal to film-makers" focuses on three films currently in production new Anna Karenina by Joe Wright (25 previous adaptations) , Great Expectations by Mike Newell (16) and Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold (17) . Despite the disadvantage of being very long stories for a two hours' movie (
However the writer acknowledges that
Has our world become so ugly, shallow or even numb that the past is in many ways more appealing to film makers and to many of us ? I think this is partly true. We must look back to the past to find truer colours and more passionate stories. Strong values and deep, rooted passions sound more credible if set in distant ages. Why? What about nowadays ? My reason for loving the fiction set in the past more is actually a wish to escape what I do not like around me, but it is also the awareness of the closeness of the past to the present in many ways. How's it possible to recognize ourselves in Anne Elliot, Anna Karenina or Margaret Hale, otherwise?