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"The Hours" - a movie

I am glad that I rewatched "The Hours." My first viewing of the movie when it was released in 2002 found it to be just OK, but now that I have read "Mrs. Dalloway" twice more, many reviews and other articles and really paid attention, I truly enjoyed and understood the movie.

It proved to be an Oscar win for Nicole Kidman as best actress in her portrayal of Virginia Woolf though many Woolf scholars were horrified by both the book from which the movie was made and the film. And some like one, but not the other, while a few even enjoyed both.

But, for me, with a cast that included Meryl Streep, Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris, the movie was worth the time it took to watch.

Apparently those same Woolf scholars who disliked book and movie were most dismayed that Virginia is played as quite frail and mentally unstable, an image that current biographers are trying to dispel. No one denies that she had psychological issues, but they didn't stop her from being an amazingly innovative and productive writer.

I got a kick out of one article which focused on the prosthetic nose that transformed the gorgeous Kidman into a very believable Woolf look alike. The movie Virginia is really a bit plain and very badly dressed too. Portraying her in that way is disparaging as Virginia Woolf was considered a great beauty in her day. And, it is misleading that it shows her drowning herself apparently after just completing "Mrs. Dalloway," when, in fact, it was written more than twenty years before her death.

The movie has three storylines which occur in three different time frames, all tied together by the common theme of suicide. And, in each, "Mrs. Dalloway" is readily apparent. Julianne Moore's character is reading the book, Meryl Streep is named Clarissa, and all the while there is Kidman as Woolf writing the book.

Having always felt a kinship with Virginia Woolf, I am now increasingly interested in her life and in reading more of her books. Plus, I ordered a copy of "The Hours" just because.


Oct. 10th, 2017 12:37 pm (UTC)
Cute story about the grandgirls. And, what a great bookmark, I want one, alas no B&N here. We're lucky there's a grocery store,

FYI, I watched the movie for $2.99 via Amazon Prime which gave 48 hrs of rental time. I fell asleep the first time and was pleased to have the extra time so I could start over in the daytime when there's a much better chance for me to stay awake.

And, at least it was a flick that didn't require a huge amount of emotional investment and I was able to watch it dispassionately with a more analytical bent.

Interesting sidenote I forgot to mention in the post is that after "The Hours" appeared in theaters, sales of "Mrs. Dalloway" suddenly soared and it became a best seller for the first time since it's publication in 1925.

I'm considering delving further into the whole Blomsbury group as a bio of Lytton Strachey has been recommended to me. Might as well live in the past as the future seems so unappealing.

Oh, and used copies of "The Hours" are going for $4 on Amazon and if you don't get one of your own, will be glad to send you mine when I've finished it. Yes, Amazon loves me..lol My bookshelves, while plentiful are very full.
All the best,

Edited at 2017-10-10 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oct. 10th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, Amazon loves me too because I just pushed the button on an order for the book and movie. But thank you for your kind offer. And my bookshelves are full too but only because they're NOT very plentiful, lol.

FINALLY got started on "The Voyage Out" this morning while I waited for my car to be serviced at the Subie dealership. The coffee was awful, even though free, and the ambiance was, well, not really conducive to the enjoyment of great literature. Hmph!

In the meantime, it's taken me numerous tries to write this comment because I just finished a bottle of totally inferior Scotch ale. If it'd been the good stuff, which they only brew locally once a year, I'd've had the same problem but wouldn't have cared, lol.

Have a great night...L
Oct. 11th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm..Subie = Subaru? Curious, that's my current ride, a blue Legacy.

Scotch ale, huh, never had any, I feel deprived. And, I haven't read "The Voyage Out" either, but had a copy of "To the Lighthouse" so am working on that one, which the bio says is remniscent of Woolf's childhood stays in Cornwall. At least I think it was Cornwall, can't remember, ale might help...lol

Tis a cold, dark, and stormy night here in the boondocks.

I wish you better ale next time friend.

Sleep well...E
Oct. 11th, 2017 04:14 am (UTC)
Yup, charcoal gray Forester, complete with an electric tire pump because it has a leak in one of the tires that nobody can find. I mean, they can find the tire but not the leak in it.

About the ale, there's a craft brewer in town called the Middle Ages Brewing Co. and they make this totally kick-a$$ Scotch-style ale. One batch a year, only. And when it's gone, it's gone. And now it's gone. Boo-hoo. (Manly tears, of course. Permissable over spilled or unobtainable beer, you understand.)

But I console myself with thoughts of "The Hours," book and movie, now making their way towards me and the grandson coming here tomorrow to work in the shop.

Assuming you meant to say "...a cold, dark and stormy night on the moors," Cathy, lol. Hope you have a warm night anyway... H



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