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December 31, 2002

So after being swamped and

So after being swamped and exhausted and not in the mood for months, we watched Iris. What is it with movies about writers and writing that don't bother to give you any of the writing? We're simply told that Iris Murdoch was this brilliant novelist who succumbed to Alzheimer's, but the film is really about Iris with Alzheimer's, with bits of young, uninhibited, naked Iris, and the older philosopher Iris who talks about writing. But all that's conveyed of her actual writing are scenes of old Iris scribbling on paper with a fountain pen, or carrying her last book and tossing it aside. Or in flashback, as a sheaf of papers for the young John Bayley to read. Although the film was aggravating, the performances from Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville were tops. Kate should've gotten the Oscar over the luminous but limited Jennifer Connelly. Arrrgh!

Ok, so here's one resolution: This year I'm going to read the novels of Iris Murdoch. I've been reading too much fluff this year, to the point that I gave up keeping a list of what I read, it was getting quite embarrassing.

Yours, &c., LC | 01:37 PM | Writing & Language | Comments (2)

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I haven't seen Iris, but I must agree with you on the topic of movies about writers who never seem to write. They only talk about it. Argh! *jumps up and down* :)

Posted by: Cordelia at January 2, 2003 02:44 AM

I haven't seen Iris, but I must agree with you on the topic of movies about writers who never seem to write. They only talk about it. Argh! *jumps up and down* :)

Posted by: Cordelia at January 2, 2003 02:44 AM