Artists in Action #478


Philip Roth sits at a lunch counter

8 comments:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Phil, Phil, Phil. Another day, another complaint. What, you don’t like the pie?

Tom Sutpen said...

And when he's not griping about the cuisine, he's asking when they're gonna get some hot, earthy waitresses in this joint.

swac said...

I hear he likes the liver.

Tom Sutpen said...

Ha! The first known Portnoy's Complaint reference in at least a quarter-century. I doff my cap to you, sir.

swac said...

I haven't read the book in a quarter-century!

I hear the movie was dreadful...

Tom Sutpen said...

Worse than dreadful: unwatchable.

And I don't think it was just a result of Ernest Lehman's direction (his first and only venture as a film director). Roth's novel's are rarely screen-friendly . . . in fact, the only novel of his that could make a genuinely great film, 1967's When She Was Good, has yet to be tackled . . . and adapting Portnoy's Complaint is about as impossible a task as any screenwriter has had, but Lehman's adaptation in spite of this was just plain wrongheaded, and I just don't see how another, more skilled director would have fared much better had they been saddled with it.

Kreisler said...

It's a close call but I think the film of The Human Stain is probably the worst Roth adaptation. Stupendously bad acting from Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.

swac said...

I saw that, it was awful.