Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love in the Time of Cholera

 Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers. I've read all of his translated books, never twice...for fear of ruining my sweet memories of how they made me dream about the future. I loved the magic he could bring to so many different characters over such long periods of time. I think it must be quite a challenge to make his books into movies, having said that... Last night I watched the movie adaptation of  Love in the Time of Cholera starring Javier Bardem (who is an awesome actor) and a beautiful Italian actress named Giovanna Mezzogiorno... Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo and Benjamin Bratt were also starring. I wished they had a truly Latin American cast, it would have been much better I think. The movie had it moments, but in the end it just seemed like the main character was a horny guy waiting to have sex with the one woman who he couldn't have, the magic of the book was lost completely. I hope it wouldn't sway a person from actually reading the book after seeing the movie... beautiful novel, not so great movie adaptation. I am happy that Marquez has never sold the rights to One Hundred years of Solitude, another of my all time favorites. I remember seeing (1990/91?) a Spanish movie Erendira an adaptation of The Incredible and sad tale of Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother. The movie had heart and managed to capture some of the Marquez magic, it  was very raw and thought provoking (at least to at the age of 20ish it was)! I wished Love in the Time of Cholera had possessed some of that same feel.

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