[Milton-L] NYT article about PL film

Tony Demarest tonydemarest at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 31 16:29:28 EST 2008

I cannot stay silent while this (fill in your own verb+ ing) continues; all one needs to do, while thinking of Satan and his/her/its representatives is to look at year 793 entry from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and read that the sky was filled with dragons- the entry also lists the raid on Lindisfarne- surely this even is more portentous than any contemporary sign leached from People magazine-

From: jrwilson at uci.eduSubject: Re: [Milton-L] NYT article about PL filmDate: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:09:42 -0800To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
While it's not a strict adaptation, Miltonists may be interested to know about luciferthemovie.com.

"I thought we agreed not to use our abilities," Michael says to Lucifer during a dragon hunt. The Christian archangels become the X-Men! I expected more from the mind that brought us "Major League." It's worth noting, though, that the visuals in the "Feature" tab are more promising than the acting in the "Short."

Jeff  Wilson

On Jan 31, 2008, at 12:35 PM, Michele Walfred 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.
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. 
Michele D. Walfred
Sussex County Extension
Elbert N. & Ann V. Carvel
Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Del. 19947

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of John KuhnSent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:35 PMTo: John Milton Discussion ListSubject: Re: [Milton-L] Reading Milton for pleasure
Milton enters the popular imagination?http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/movies/04gross.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rssJK

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 withintheir province alone and I can see them chewing away at his splendidlanguage for years so that no flavor exudes from the words and later gummingthe words in their dotage living in fear that someone somewhere is enjoyingMilton. I think it was Woolf who said that reading Milton was about the onlyreading for pleasure that she ever got to do anymore. I know just what shemeant. I read Milton for pleasure. I guess you could call me a hedonisticMiltonian and yes I know saying that is "hail horrors" to the puritanicalMiltonist out there if you exist outside my imagination of course.Paul Miller_______________________________________________Milton-L mailing listMilton-L at lists.richmond.eduManage your list membership and access list archives at http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l
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