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The Piano Teacher

In Novel on June 15, 2005 at 2:44 am

thepianoteacher.jpgThe Piano Teacher

Author: Elfriede Jelinek
Release Date: May 3 2005
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
Pages: 288

Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek won the 2004 Nobel prize for literature. The Piano Teacher was her classic from early 80s. Between the book and the acclaimed 2001 film version, I’m glad that I read the book first because…I don’t think I can stomach the visualization, especially of several horrible scenes involving self-multilation and rape. Also I wouldn’t be in a tantalizing hell pondering about characters’ underlying motives and feelings from the film, as these were all stated clearly like a psychoanalytical profile in the book. If interested read about the story here.

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Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)

In Animation on June 10, 2005 at 7:22 am


Howl’s Moving Castle
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones
US Release: June 2005

Finally it’s released in US theaters. I love the book by Diana Wynne Jones, though it was a long time ago since I read it and my memory is failing me on the details. But my impression was still strong, hence I was very disappointed with the Miyazaki adaptation. He took too much artistic liberties yet didn’t do a good job, particularly with the characterization and changes of the story, both plot and theme-wise. First of all the entire part about the ongoing machinery and war destruction was entirely Miyazaki’s own insertion as a ‘war is senseless and stupid’ commentary that wasn’t even concluded in a satisfactory way.

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