I just finished book 2 of In Search of Lost Time , and learned that Harold Pinter wrote a screenplay of it in 1972. A producer got the rights to film the novel, and commissioned a screenplay with the idea of first publishing it as a book. I read that if a lot of readers clamoured for the film, the producer hoped to get the money to finance it.
Pinter did try to cover the 3000 or so page book in 120-some pages. It’s sort of a poetic visual rendition. I’m happy to say Pinter avoided voice overs. Most writers would have indulged in them for this. Bravo!
- Iconic Playwright Harold Pinter on Truth in Drama (and in Life) (brainpickings.org)
- Harold Pinter sketch rediscovered (nation.com.pk)
- After a 51-year pause, Harold Pinter’s Umbrellas is put on – by you (guardian.co.uk)
- Italian wins free-speech prize for mafia expose (sfgate.com)
- Harold Pinter sent sarcastic letter to pupils who sought hidden meaning in his plays (telegraph.co.uk)
- Charlie Kaufman BAFTA lecture [Part 5] (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- Pinter, Beckett, Batsheva bright blips on radar (sfgate.com)