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Lord Of The Flies Review


Extraordinary
Still going strong. The first of only two adaptations of William Golding's famed high school assignment (the 1990 version starred Balthazar Getty!), this experimental production from Peter Brook (who'd later direct the kooky Marat/Sade) featres no adults, only kids washed up on an island. If you don't know the story, it's a sadistic boys choir that goes native, fractioning into a body-painting tribe that deigns the other children "the beast," and thus subject to ritual slaying and sacrifice. Creepy and all too realistic, check the Criterion DVD for countless extras that enrich this already amazing film.

Swann In Love Review


Good
It wasn't until 1984 that someone tried to make a movie out of a Marcel Proust novel, and for good reason: Proust isn't exactly known for brevity, simplicity, or reader friendliness.

So leave it to Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) to adapt Swann in Love, a continuation of part one (Swann's Way) of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, series of seven volumes that span some 3,000 pages. (I'm hardly a Proust expert, so if I've got the exact ID of the original text wrong, forgive me.)

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