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Re: Feast of All Saints: Not what I was expecting

Hi George:

The movie is as I feared. I echo many of your thoughts and others. I missed part 2 but it couldn't have improved that much.

It's a shame, because Rice's book is so incredible and for the time when she wrote it..very daring. Homosexuality nor the suggestion of incest were that acceptable. Why add those dimensions to the story of people of color? Why not? They exist in all races of people. Her characters are very complex and the book gives the reader plenty of time to understand them.

The first historical novels that I read about antebellum New Orleans were by African-American Frank Yerby. His novels and Rice's depiction of the mix of people (white, black, free black, enslaved and gens de couleur) and their traditions were historically accurate. The authors also show that enslavement had many different names and dimensions.

In the movie, the character of Marcel was almost comical. His French accent was atrocious (Berlitz anyone?) and his body language was straight out of Boys in the Hood. In one scene I thought that he was about to throw a gang sign. He's not a bad actor, just miscast for the role. I did love James Earl Jones. But then everything he does is great.

I hope that we can move away from the movie...they Had to get that scene in with us dancing around the fire..didn't they? And begin to talk about the book and Cane River.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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