Saturday, July 21, 2007

Before the Rains in more ways than one

Hence the mini-post!

  • IndieQuill briefly discusses Before the Rains director Santosh Sivan's previous work, including Asoka, Halo, Malli, and The Terrorist. It also notes that Before the Rains is Sivan's first English language film.

  • Tickets can now be purchased for the Toronto International Film Festival 2007. Here is the relevant section of the TIFF website. During the festival, some of the screenings will have same-day tickets available. Details will be available on the main website from September 5.

  • Playbill announces that Utopia's understudy extraordinaire is returning to NYC from November 1 to December 2. He will be performing in Off-Broadway's Crime and Punishment on East 59th Street, which is being produced by the Chicago Writers' Theatre:

Scott Parkinson, fresh from a run in the triumphant The Coast of Utopia trilogy at the Lincoln Center, reprises his brilliant performance as Dostoevsky's tortured Raskolnikov.

  • With the anticipated arrival of Rock 'n' Roll on Broadway, have a short piece on London-to-New York transferals, which are divided into three categories: worse than original, equal to original and much better than original. Utopia is in the latter!

  • Lastly, for a very loosely-related bit of fun, evidence that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is not quite as well-known as one might have hoped!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The mentioned evidence for Pride and Prejudice being not quite well-known and the publisher’s failures to spot the blatant plagiarism of Jane Austen, brings to my notice the beginning sentences of the introduction to the Wordsworth Editions’ P & P book:
“It is a grim truth, not universally acknowledged, that academic study is all that keeps most of the classics of English literature in print. The exceptions deserve to be celebrated. One of the greatest tributes to Pride and Prejudice is that readers can still turn to it, more confidently than to almost any other novel in the language, for sheer enjoyment…”
Presuming this grim truth, it turns out that the publishers contacted either do not at all print any classics of English literature which explains their ignorance or do it only for the purpose of academic study being proud and considering it as the matter of little worth. As to the P & P readers, I am convinced that they turn to the book mostly for the second purpose, for sheer enjoyment. That is the material point to finding out P & P popularity.