[Milton-L] NYT article about PL film

John Kuhn a.genghis.kuhn at googlemail.com
Fri Feb 1 11:40:41 EST 2008


Dibs on dressing up as Sin for the premier.

JK

On Jan 31, 2008 2:35 PM, Michele Walfred <walfred at udel.edu> wrote:

>  I couldn't help but note from the NYT article that the producer, Newman,
> had Heath Ledger in mind for Lucifer. Eerily and sadly prophetic since he
> was reportedly very depressed and in decline. Seeing some of the Batman
> advance promos, Ledger's Joker was dark and demonic and Newman must have
> sensed that quality somewhat to have singled Ledger out. How sad.
>
>
>
> Discussions about a prospective film always lead to comparisons of Lord of
> The Ring. How long would a PL film have to be to be done correctly and well?
> What passages get cut? With PL's narrative, a Peter King- styled film would
> be suitable.  However, I romance about a smaller, less sensational film
> being made where Milton would share the stage with his great epic.
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>
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> Imagine the film opening  with this beautiful English voice, narrating,
> changing and editing PL while an awestruck  amanuensis is furiously writing
> away, trying to keep up, (shades of Amadeus and Salieri). The camera pans to
> our hero, his eyes closed as he is "being milked", bringing to life what is
> in his mind's eye – with key passages of PL being depicted in TLOTR style.
> Flashbacks to an earlier time with some historic and autobiographical
> references as comparative images could be done so to be entertaining and
> educational  about the history and tumult of his time, all the parallel
> descents and darkness of Milton's life and how they are paralleled in his
> great art.
>
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> Michele D. Walfred
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> *From:* milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:
> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] *On Behalf Of *John Kuhn
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:35 PM
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List
> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
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>
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> Milton enters the popular imagination?
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>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/movies/04gross.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
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> JK
>
> On Jan 30, 2008 4:30 PM, Paul Miller <pm9 at comcast.net> wrote:
>
> Sometimes I imagine the denizens of academia as regarding Milton as within
> their province alone and I can see them chewing away at his splendid
> language for years so that no flavor exudes from the words and later
> gumming
> the words in their dotage living in fear that someone somewhere is
> enjoying
> Milton. I think it was Woolf who said that reading Milton was about the
> only
> reading for pleasure that she ever got to do anymore. I know just what she
> meant. I read Milton for pleasure. I guess you could call me a hedonistic
> Miltonian and yes I know saying that is "hail horrors" to the puritanical
> Miltonist out there if you exist outside my imagination of course.
>
>
> Paul Miller
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