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Lincoln - Fetching Pictures <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 5 May 1996 22:42:04 GMT
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On Sun, 5 May 1996 04:36:52 -0300, El Amante Cine
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>Mark Allen wrote:
>>And while on the subject, I'll voice my opinion here that the mass of
>>reviewers comparing 12 Monkeys with its inspiration La Jetee who insulted
>>the more recent script as being the lessor were simply searching for an
>>excuse to prove that they had seen the obscure french film, La Jetee.  I
>>was thouroughly impressed with the adaptation and view the two as two
>>completely different works of art.  There were two holes in the new script
>>I didn't care for much, but overall, I was hugely impressed and
>>disappointed that the writer didn't receive the acclaim he deserved.
hmm. i liked 12 monkeys and haven't read much about it (i generally
avoid reviews and the like) but disagree with you about "searching for
an excuse to prove that they have seen the obscure french film"
the film is not really that obscure. and i assume anyone with even a
mild education in film will have seen it. not only is the film on
video (from several different distributors) but a few years ago a book
of the film (one page per still) was published and available at most
good book shops. (ps if you have one, i'd like to buy it from
you--it's out of print). it is a staple at film school, and i believe
the rights are in the public domain which makes the likelihood of it
being televised quite good.
also, what would you think having read a review that hadn't compared
the two? would you not think the reviewer misinformed or ignorant and
without a sense of film history? hell, david peoples (who is an
excellent screenwriter--blade runner and the unforgiven are
masterpieces in their genres) has heard of it, why not other people?
second, i believe la jetee to be a superior film for one reason. it
understands occam's razor. it manages to get across more romance,
passion, and character in under half hour than 12 monkeys does in
close to 2 hours. it's that bloody simple in my book.
and yes, i liked 12 monkees.
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