Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Starting Out in the Evening

I read the novel, Starting Out in the Evening (by Brian Morton) last week, and saw the movie--on DVD-- the other night. I liked both, but, as happens when one sees the movie after reading the book, I was struck by just how different a screenplay is from a novel. Characterization runs deeply, quickly, in this novel, and of course the film has to convey all those nuanced details--flashback, intricate relationships--through the visual, and in dialogue, without a narrator, or access to the characters' inner thoughts. But I digress. Read it, see it. Here's an excerpt. Here's a clip from the movie.

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