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ADAPTATION: Meryl Streep
February 9 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 9, 8:00 PM
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Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe, and picked up one of her record 19 Oscar nominations, as author Susan Orleans in director Spike Jonzes’ dizzying, brilliant adaptation of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s…well, adaptation of author Susan Orleans’ 1988 bestselling novel “The Orchid Thief.”
…did you get that??
Leave it to Kaufman to weave such a mesmerizing screenplay, itself part chronicle of his real-life attempt to adapt “The Orchid Thief,” while also serving as a profile – and, in a way, indictment – of the screenplay-adaptation process, and the obsessive, complex role of a writer to their subjects. Nicolas Cage plays Kaufman himself – as well as his non-existing brother Donald – in this film which finds him in production of 1999’s Being John Malkovich (which he wrote) when he is hired to to adapt Orlean’s non-fiction book “The Orchid Thief” for the screen. The book details the story of rare orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper in an Oscar-winning performance), whose passion for orchids and horticulture made Orlean discover passion and beauty for the first time in her life. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite Laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, Charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in Laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. At the same time, Charlie is going through other issues in his life: his insecurity as a man, his self-perceived challenges as a writer, and notably, his frustration at having to constantly take care of his bumbling brother Donald, also working on a “screenplay” of his own…
“Few recent movies have conveyed so forcefully how people can feel shut out by their own lack of passion, how they yearn to end the emptiness.” – Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
“Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it’s the most playfully brilliant.” – Desson Thomson, Washington Post
“Probably the most creative and noncommercial screenplay to be embraced by a Hollywood studio in years.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times