Il prossimo film in lingua originale del progetto Sounds Good!, frutto della collaborazione di Wall Street English con il Visionario, è GENIUS, lunedi’ 12 dicembre ore 15.30 e 19.30 al Visionario.
Scheda a cura di Wall Street English, presso le casse del cinema. Biglietti ridotti per gli studenti con Wall Street Card.
Genius is a 2016 British-American biographical drama film directed by Michael Grandage and written by John Logan, based on A. Scott Berg‘s biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which won the National Book Award in 1978. The film stars Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Dominic West and Guy Pearce. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
The first film from theatre director Michael Grandage, Genius is the story of Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), editor at Scribner’s, friend and literary assistant to Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), who play significant roles here, and the way Perkins took on and tamed the fiery poetic work of visionary writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law).
The central figure is Perkins, a man whose most pronounced eccentricity, it seems, involvs almost never taking his hat off. Perkins spends his days in the offices of Scribner’s, red-pencilling such future masterpieces as Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms. In the evening he takes the train home, where his wife and five lovely, literate daughters wait for him.
When, one day of 1929, writer Thomas Wolfe decided to keep the appointment made by Max Perkins, he had no illusions: his manuscript would be turned down as had invariably been the case. But, to his happy amazement, his novel, which was to become Look Homeward, Angel, was accepted for publication. The only trouble was that it was overlong (300 pages) and had to be reduced. Although reluctant to see his poetic prose trimmed, Wolfe agreed and accepted Perkins’s help, with the result that the book instantly became a favourite with the critics and a best seller.
What follows is perhaps a bromance between Wolfe and Perkins as the two spend more time with each other, including trying to edit a 5,000-page draft on America that Wolfe has written, than they spend with their significant others (Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney), something that impacts all of them in ways they never expected.