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Adaptation.

"The point is what's so wonderful is that every one of these flowers has a specific relationship with the insect that pollinates it. There's a certain orchid looks exactly like like a certain insect. So the insect is drawn to this flower, its double, its soul mate... and wants nothing more than to make love to it. After the insect flies off it spots another soul mate flower and makes love to it, thus pollinating it. And neither the flower nor the insect will ever understand the significance of their lovemaking. How could they know that becuase of their little dance, the world lives? But it does. By simply doing what they're designed to do something large and magnificent happens. In this sense, they show us how to live. How the only barometer you have is your heart. Now when you spot your flower, you can't let anything get in your way." - John Laroche

Intriguing movie. Great acting.

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pashmina
Jun. 27th, 2003 09:17 am (UTC)
Hitchcock would be hard to find in Guangzhou.
I actually found A Clockwork Orange so I'm watching that again soon.

Adaptation: I loved the movie's message but it's so evil at the same time. Writers assume that the audience is intellignet enough to handle movies without drugs, sex, murder, transformation and go insane trying to make great movies without all that only to be scoffed at by stupid lecturers and driven crazy by the success of scripts that follow the typical Hollywood formula. So Kaufman adapts the script to do just that... But in the beginning I was like yes! yes! I am one of those intelligent people that would just appreciate a movie about orchids! So when movie twisted I was sorely disappointed, I kept hoping it would turn out to be a joke or a dream and Kaufman would go back to orchids. I felt cheated when it wasn't. It almost seemed like a cheap way to get out of writing a really inspiring ending to the first half of the movie because he simply couldn't think of one. But that's still minor. As Susan says in the movie: "With a person though, adapting almost shameful. It's like running away." Kaufman fulfills that to a T.

The subplots were amazing. I loved it! Interesting to note that the movie took a twist when the twin brother was asked to help write the script. Also, every character represents someone real except the twin brother (who dies). Is Donald (the twin) even real? The movie can work both ways, but I'm so convinced he's not! Donald mentions the whole mutliple personality twist about his own script, something about a cop/killer/victim - another no-no Hollywood formula trick. Then the movie name turned out to be "The 3." (Another hint?) From the scene at the party with the girlfriend, I'm pretty sure Donald was Charlie's alter ego. And biggest point of all, every single time Charlie gets creative, Donald interrupts him!

Ah. Enough about this movie. Defintely stays on my list of best movies of all time.
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