[Milton-L] O Eve, in evil hour...

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Mon Nov 21 20:18:16 EST 2005

>I am going to admit that the idea of a film version of 
Paradise Lost 
>horrifies me.  Images stick in people's heads and become 
icons that disable
>the imagination, which words leave free to re-see over and 
>And I should think the sounds and tones of the verbal 
extracts would often
>need to provide a fixed interpretation of puns and nuances 
and ambiguities
>such as those this list so fruitfully discusses.

I expect you are quite right. I also expect such a film would 
either be so clunkily done that its audience would be few, if 
not fit - no harm, no foul - or it would be so wildly odd 
that it would attract a large audience of people who then 
might say, well, what's the original like? And many would not 
read much, but maybe fit audience though few would stay and 
read, learn, and inwardly digest.

To compare great things - PL - with lesser:

I grew up on the Oz books. I also saw a thatrical re-release 
of the movie of "The Wizard of Oz" twice - once when I was 
about 6, and once a few years ago. When I was about 6, the 
flying monkeys scared me. A few years ago, the remastered 
music charmed me.

I loved and love both the movie and the books, but for 
different reasons. 

The books were the editions that belonged to my mother- "The 
Wizard of Oz", "Ozma of Oz," - I read them each summer when I 
visited my grandparents' house. I own them now. They are a 
tangible link to my childhood, my mother, her parents.

The movie gave me Bert Lahr singing "If I were the King of 
the Jungle!" and the other songs. All of that too is part of 
the Oz stuff.

One is not better than the other; they are different, and 
each with value. The very best thing that could happen with a 
movie of PL would be something like that.

Do I think it will happen? 
But I can hope.
And that's a horse of anohter color.

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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