By Leving, Yuri; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich; Banville, John

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Whatever back-story was dramatized would have to stand on its own dramatically, and at the same time enhance and blend seamlessly into the original material. The boy’s life would inevitably become a tangible onscreen part of a feature film. This was done with great success in Ordinary People. Approaching the story through theater Yuri Leving: If you were asked to stage Nabokov’s short story, what would be your possible course of action? Would you need to make any amendments or revisions to the storyline?

III 150 160 It was past midnight when from the living room she heard her husband moan; and presently he staggered in, wearing over his nightgown the old overcoat with astrakhan collar which he much preferred to the nice blue bathrobe he had. “I can’t sleep,” he cried. “Why,” she asked, “why can’t you sleep? ” “I can’t sleep because I am dying,” he said and lay down on the couch. “Is it your stomach? ” “No doctors, no doctors,” he moaned, “To the devil with doctors! We must get him out of there quick.

Hal Ackerman: The likelihood of sustaining this delicate web for the duration of a feature film is slim. A more probable film life for this story would be a 15–20-minute short (for which there would FORUM 17 be no commercial market) made by a film student and shown in festivals. A festival audience would be far more willing and receptive to the quiet tone, the lack of overt larger-than-life action, and the pulled-punch ambiguous ending, all of which inform the essential truth of this story. The cinematic “opening up” would not need to be a gaping yaw, but well-chosen glimpses into the current and past lives of parents and child.

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