Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Reader

"Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy." -- Homer, The Odyssey
I've just watched Stephen Daldry's The Reader. Good performances. Lots of shame. A wee bit dull, dare I say? I'm somewhat suspicious now of anything set against the backdrop of the holocaust because doesn't it manipulate emotion out of one? I don't know. Kate Winslet can do no wrong. Ralph Fiennes plays himself, with a mild German accent, but I loved hearing him read and felt nostalgic for those little cassette tape recorders.

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