Thursday, July 02, 2009

Famous Last Words: Resurrection- Week 5

Philip Kaufman has never shied away from unlikely material, but even by his standards The Unbearable Lightness of Being was a tricky one. Anyone who’s read the original Milan Kundera novel can attest to how unadaptable it feels on the page, full of digressions and stylistic choices that just wouldn’t fit the cinematic form. But while Unbearable Lightness hardly qualifies as cinematic Cliff’s Notes, it does a surprisingly great job of capturing Kundera’s unique tone and bringing his beloved characters to the screen. In addition, Kaufman managed to include a number of Kundera’s tropes from the novel in the background of the film, almost as gifts (call them “proto-Easter Eggs”) for fans. Congrats to those who got it.

This week’s quote should be a piece of cake to those who’ve seen the movie. For the rest of you, I make no promises:

“You look different.”
“I got my teeth back.”

Send your guesses to this e-Mail address. Remember, all submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on Wednesday. Good luck!