Thursday, September 25, 2008

Revolutionary Road

I'd love to know the scoop behind this book- to- screen adaptation. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates was published in 1961 and is now a movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo diCaprio. Its their first on screen pairing since that little movie ten years ago...something about a small boat sinking?

Here's a synopsis taken from
April and Frank Wheeler are a young, ostensibly thriving couple living with their two children in a prosperous Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. However, like the characters in John Updike's similarly themed Couples, the self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy.

I'd like to read the book and see the movie. Here's a trailer from the film. Even though its set in the 50's, the story of being unsatisfied in marriage, work and life will surely resonate with today's audience.


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