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Angels in America

Tonedeff

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watched all six parts of this HBO prod over the weekend and it's best tv I've seen in a long time (first series is a little stronger than the second)...Pacino really brings it as the self-hating evil gay powerbroker and the writing is magnificent

watch it if you get a chance
 
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Lysistrata

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Originally posted by Tonedeff
writing is magnificent
Kushner's the fucking man. One of the only modern writers--certainly one of the only modern playwrights!--to be able to deal explicitly, intelligently and poetically with real 'issues'. I highly recommend reading Slavs.
 

Tonedeff

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Re: Re: Angels in America

Originally posted by Lysistrata
Kushner's the fucking man. One of the only modern writers--certainly one of the only modern playwrights!--to be able to deal explicitly, intelligently and poetically with real 'issues'. I highly recommend reading Slavs.
I've actually been looking for other Kushner stuff to read, so I appreciate this recommendation. There are so many great lines in Angels--almost too many--that I keep watching and watching certain scenes over again. I will say it's a little overwritten in the second and third acts of Part II.
 

Tonedeff

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Re: Re: Angels in America

Originally posted by leigh
its rentable?
I don't think it's rentable yet as the last part just aired on HBO this weekend. I'm assuming it will air in Canada (I'm in the States right now) within the next few weeks or months as that is generally the pattern.
 
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Lysistrata

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They're playing it on the Movie Network sometime soon--I keep catching ads for it and being entranced. I should pay attention to when it's playing, maybe I could actually remember to set my VCR to record....

Tonedeff, I totally agree with you about Perestroika, it's my least favourite of the Kushner I've read, which admittedly isn't all that much, just Angels One and Two (Millenium Approaches and Perestroika), Slavs, A Bright Room Called Day and this short play based on a Shakespeare sonnet that I was in in 4th year university. I played a lesbian fantasy character and wore my chain mail bra top, that was fun. Saying Kushner's lines is a wonderful experience.
 
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noodle

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I actaully saw Angel in America pn stage years ago with my contemporay american theatre class. I would be very interested to see how it translates onto screen...especially with it's stellar cast.

Has anybody read anything by Brad Fraser? One of the riskiest gay playwrites I've come across...and he's Canadian to boot.

Definetly worth checking out though (Poor Superman, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love).

Some would say he borderlines on pornographic...
 

Lysistrata

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his movie Leaving Metropolis, whichis his own adaptation from Poor Superman sucks hard hard ass. And not in a good sexy way. Like in a really cheesey contrived poorly done movie way. Which is too bad cause his plays are pretty good, and the movie adaptation of Unidentified Human Remains isn't half bad.

But he's nowhere near as brilliant as Kushner. Angels in America is Kushners most palatable play, in this day and age where 'everyone' (i.e. everyone who bothers to watch freaking theatre) is sensitive to gay issues, but his ruminations on German politics (A Bright room called day) and Russian politics (Slavs) are as insightful and affective as Angels.
 

noodle

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Plays hardly ever translate well into movies IMO. I would imagine Canadian plays would suck even more as Canadian movies.

Case and point: Lillies, by Michel Marc Bouchard. I was sooo pissed when I saw the movie because the play meant so much to me.

Which is why I'm some what intrigued by Angels in America.

I think Brad Fraser had more of an impact on me because I read him when I was pretty young (in highschool) and hadn't really been exposed to that kind of theatre before. I was more familiar with Kushner in University...when I was reading lots of high calibre/thought provoking material. It's funny how points in your life (ie- maturity) affect your perception of things.
 

MoFo

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I have always wanted to see the theater version.

Same with Poor Superman. I was 13 or something when that came out so it's not I could go by myself..

Is there a movie for Poor Superman?
 
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