Aaron Sorkin, Bonfire of the Vanities, Charles Lewis III, Christopher Buckley, Conservative, Danny Boyle, Democrat, Enter the Void, film, Gaspar Noé, In For a Penny, Kristen Chenoweth, Liberal, neo-con, progressive politics, Republican, San Francisco Theater Pub, SF Theater Pub, Sherman McCoy, Steve Jobs, technology, The Newsroom, theatre, Tom Wolfe, Walter Isaacson, Will McAvoy, Yale University
In which I look at playwright’s film adaptation of a book and ask if it’s possible for a film to be “too theatrical”.
“[I]t’s a form of alchemy, of magic. It’s very appealing. I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated because the very earliest people who made film were magicians.”
– Francis Ford Coppola, Academy of Achievement interview, 17 June 1994
When I think of Aaron Sorkin, I’m reminded of Christopher Buckley’s address to Yale’s 2009 graduating class. In a self-deprecating speech, the author and former George HW Bush speech-writer implores these supposedly-future-captains-of-industry to reject the very shameless materialism they’d supposedly been encouraged to embrace. “[Do] you really want to model your lives on characters in a Tom Wolfe novel?” he asks. “I always wanted to be Tom Wolfe, but I never wanted to be Sherman McCoy.” I’d rather be Aaron Sorkin than Will McAvoy, but that may have less to do with wanting to be a celebrated writer and more to with my wanting…
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