tylerpierce (tylerpierce) wrote,

Like heros in films

This week I turned up a bizarre DVD: a 55 minute film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Who am I this time?", probably my favorite story from Welcome to the Monkey House. Recently released on DVD, it was shot in 1982, directed by a relatively unknown Jonathan Demme, and stars Susan Sarandon and Chritopher Walken.

What. The. Fuck.

I haven't watched it yet, but I am openly intrigued. It's even on my list of stuff to watch before David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE.

Update: brilliant. Parts of the narration, frequently first-person in Vonnegut's early stories, are turned into plausible scenes, and watching Saradon and Walker act out Streetcar as small-town amateurs caught up in the excitement is incredibly good. Demme does some solid directing as we watch our main players change. How is this not better known? It's the second-best Vonnegut adaptation after Mother Night, and in a way more impressive because it was done for a television budget.
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