Paradise Lost...The Movie??

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Paradise Lost...The Movie??

Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:20 pm

http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0424/paradiselost.html

This will either be spectacular or completely awful :shock:
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Re: Paraidise Lost...The Movie??

Postby dks » Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:36 pm

Saturn wrote:http://www.rte.ie/arts/2006/0424/paradiselost.html

This will either be spectacular or completely awful :shock:


:lol: :lol: I love that...yes, Saturn. No gray areas for you, eh?? I can identify. :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:49 pm

With a work of genius like Paradise Lost you are faced with an awesome responsibilty.

This is one of the most famous and influential works of literature in teh English language.

I struggle to see how this could be achieved on film :?

Like with Hamlet - either you'll have a questionable film like Mel Gibson's version or the sublime full version by Kenneth Branagh.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:57 pm

Saturn wrote:With a work of genius like Paradise Lost you are faced with an awesome responsibilty.

Um. . . yeah :shock: :shock: :shock:

Either way, if it gets more people to actually read it, or at least attempt to, I'm all for it.
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:04 pm

Credo Buffa wrote:
Saturn wrote:With a work of genius like Paradise Lost you are faced with an awesome responsibilty.

Um. . . yeah :shock: :shock: :shock:

Either way, if it gets more people to actually read it, or at least attempt to, I'm all for it.


But if the film is crap no-one will see/or read it so it could PUT OFF a whole generation who'd never read it anyway :?
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:09 pm

I was going for the whole "read the book before the movie" idea. . . but you're probably right :roll:

How many people actually read Paradise Lost for fun, anyway? I mean, I would, but that's only after being forced for my English major. I mean, it's long, it's difficult, it gets a really bad rap in popular culture. . . If only people had the opportunity to see the reward that lies underneath all that. . . !
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:12 pm

I read Paradise Lost for pleasure [or because Keats read it]- but then I'm a very strange person- I've also read the whole 1200 pages of Gibbon's History of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, the whole of Spenser's Faerie Queene, Virgil's Aenied in about four different translations - ditto Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

Oh and the complete works of Shakespeare a few times too...

I once thought I might need to go to a BA meeting [bibliophiles anonymous :lol: ].
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:18 pm

I mean aside from the people on this forum, Saturn :P

If we look at the whole of society, it's hard enough to get people to read the newspaper on their own, let alone an epic work of classic literature, let alone an epic work of classic poetry. In a fit of cultural fever, someone might pick up Jane Austen or Dickens, but not Milton. :roll:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:20 pm

Yes you're right there.

Most people don't have the time, the motivation or the desire to read something as challenging and complicated as Paradise Lost.

Why would they when there's a new Stephen King novel to read :roll:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:25 pm

Or worse. . . The Da Vinci Code :shock:
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Postby dks » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:25 pm

Saturn wrote:Yes you're right there.

Most people don't have the time, the motivation or the desire to read something as challenging and complicated as Paradise Lost.

Why would they when there's a new Stephen King novel to read :roll:


Ok. I'm a bigger dork, then. In undergrad, I read Milton's PL and P. Regained by candlelight, sir...I was trying to empathize with the great poet--or I was not very bright-- :lol:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:28 pm

dks wrote:Ok. I'm a bigger dork, then. In undergrad, I read Milton's PL and P. Regained by candlelight, sir...I was trying to empathize with the great poet--or I was not very bright-- :lol:

I'm going with "not very bright" :P

Just kidding :wink:

Reading Paradise Lost was such a labor of love for me that I can't imagine having to read the whole thing squinting so that I could see the lines before having to interpret them!
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:28 pm

By candlelight? :shock:

Well I was wearing britches and a powdered wig :lol:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:30 pm

Well, I actually got in my time machine and went back to the 17th century and sat next to Milton while he was writing!

So there! :P :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:30 pm

Credo Buffa wrote:Or worse. . . The Da Vinci Code :shock:


That really is a pile of old rubbish :roll:
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