Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:17 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The New York Times Magazine features author Kazuo Ishiguro.
It is not for nothing that Ishiguro has named Charlotte Brontë as the novelist who has influenced him most. From “Jane Eyre,” he learned how to write first-person narrators who hide their feelings from themselves but are transparent to other people. Rereading the book a few years ago, he kept coming across episodes and thinking, Oh, my goodness, I just ripped that off! (Giles Harvey)
Ashe Post & Times reviews several new books such as The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.
In between, beauty is far and between in this novel centered on the Texas Panhandle. The Dust Bowl and the Depression — events that marry to help decimate the nation’s economy during the 1930s — certainly offer no allure, and as a young lady, Elsa Wolcott is told by her wealthy parents she is not beautiful, and never will be. At 25 years old, she is considered a spinster; the survivor of a cold and unloving childhood. Her escape is into novels, identifying with the likes of Jane Eyre, and Elsa counts books as her truest friends. (Tom Mayer)
Locus lists some new releases in books including
Womack, Marian: The Swimmers
(Titan Books US 978-1789094213, $15.95, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 23, 2021)
Dystopian reimagining of Wide Sargasso Sea set in Andalusia. After the ravages of the Green Winter, Earth is a place of deep jungles and monstrous animals. The last of the human race is divided into surface dwellers and the people who live in the Upper Settlement, a ring perched at the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Nerd Daily has a conversation with A Nightmare Wakes cinematographer Oren Soffer.
The cinematography is very reminiscent of Victorian art—which would have been Shelley’s time—in that there are a lot of tableau-like shots that play around with light and darkness. Was this intentional? How did you initially approach shooting the film? Did you look anywhere specifically for inspiration? 
I’m so glad you picked up on that because we, indeed, looked at a lot of Victorian-era paintings, as well as Dutch Golden-Age paintings from earlier in the 17th century, as a big inspiration for the visual look of the film. In fact, in some cases we specifically set out to recreate certain compositions inspired by specific paintings! We also looked at a number of movies to help build our reference image library and inform our approach – Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre” and “Lady Macbeth” were big influences for us; both are films that Nora and I both love and both think are quite underrated. On the lighting side, we also took a lot of inspiration from “Barry Lyndon”, “Bright Star,” “The Beguiled,” “The Witch,” The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” and other dark movies and shows with period settings. We also looked at “Alias Grace” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” quite a bit for inspiration for subjective framing. And we also looked at “Black Swan” and “Mother” for how to integrate surreal, nightmare imagery and have it blend into the world of the film. (Jericho Tadeo)
Pickle Me This shares her thoughts of rereading Wuthering Heights.

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