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  •  The Futurological Congress (9+ / 0-)

    We've discussed Stanisław Lem in the past. I wondered what you might think of the adaption they're doing of The Futurological Congress?

    They've made some significant changes to the story.

    •  From what I can tell from the trailer (9+ / 0-)

      and reviews, only the last part of the film is kinda/sorta inspired by Lem - the rest is all Folman.

      I haven't seen it yet, but I think this is a mistake.  The novel is already on the very edge of too-many-layers, and that Lem still manages to wring something profound and sad out of a dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-within-a-etc. scenario is pretty impressive, given how silly the setup is.  I'm not sure it can sustain more, so I assume Folman just ditched most of what Lem was trying to do and it became more about acting or whatever.   That's fine: good adaptations can be bold (see: Kaufman's Adaptation).  But this looks more like a train wreck to me, and the animation looks more sloppy than idiosyncratic.  I'll still give it a look.

      The book itself is quite good, but it's not among Lem's best (says I.)

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:41:24 PM PDT

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    •  Wow, that sounds good. Can't wait for that one. (5+ / 0-)
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      cfk, MT Spaces, Aunt Pat, pico, Youffraita

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