Saturday, January 14, 2006

Conrad on screen ...

Joseph Conrad hasn't been served well by film. Whatever else one may think of Apocalypse Now -- and I think very little of it -- it hardly does justice to Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The film version of Lord Jim was described by Time magazine as being based "on the title by Joseph Conrad." And John Huston -- who might well have pulled it off -- never succeeded in getting Nostromo to the screen (though it has been made into a TV mini-series, about which I know nothing). At any rate, Patrice Chereau has made a film out of Conrad's story "The Return" (which I am also unfamiliar with). I don't think it's debuted in the U.S. yet, but Chereau has some interesting things to say about adapting Conrad in Fearing feelings more than fire at Sign and Sight.

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