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November 20, 2015 10:49 PM   Subscribe

Frank Rich discusses Todd Haynes's new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, Carol.
posted by shakespeherian (29 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 


I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOVIE
posted by kyrademon at 2:31 AM on November 21, 2015


Oooh, this is great, anything that has to do with Patricia Highsmith, I'm all in. I first heard about her books here on MetaFilter. Someone wrote a comment about her "darkness" and I was intrigued. I found a copy of her collected short stories and I've been a fan since. The Price of Salt/Carol is one I keep putting off.
posted by Fizz at 4:13 AM on November 21, 2015


I'm hearing only good things about the movie and I'm hoping it's playing somewhere in the Boston area over Thanksgiving weekend.

I just bought the e-book last night (the version with the GIF of the original pulp cover). $4.65 on Kobo. Very much worth reading so far.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 4:29 AM on November 21, 2015


This is one of those annoying things where they release this in three cities so I see a hundred reviews popup but then don't show it anywhere near my city for another two months. The cinematography looks amazing.
posted by octothorpe at 4:30 AM on November 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


I just can't wait to see this. It looks so great.
posted by xingcat at 4:52 AM on November 21, 2015


Speaking of adapted literary works that I want to see. I also cannot wait to watch Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. That looks to be just as beautifully filmed and heartfelt.
posted by Fizz at 4:57 AM on November 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh my gosh, I didn't know anything about this movie! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!
posted by Greg Nog at 5:22 AM on November 21, 2015


This is one of those annoying things where they release this in three cities so I see a hundred reviews popup but then don't show it anywhere near my city for another two months.

I was kinda hoping that since it was filmed in Cincinnati, it might be in a theatre there; I could see driving an hour and a half to check this out today. But it looks like just LA and NYC so far. Booooo to that
posted by Greg Nog at 5:27 AM on November 21, 2015


They just do the minimum release to get approved for Oscar consideration within this year.
posted by octothorpe at 5:47 AM on November 21, 2015


They just do the minimum release to get approved for Oscar consideration within this year.

I understand why they do this, but I do sort of wish that this kind of pseudo-release wasn't considered a legit way to meet the rules.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:55 AM on November 21, 2015 [5 favorites]


I'm not finding a wide release date, despite my efforts at googling. Does anyone know this?
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 6:20 AM on November 21, 2015


I do sort of wish that this kind of pseudo-release wasn't considered a legit way to meet the rules.

It can be annoying, but in most cases the distributors are legitimately trying to put the film in the best possible commercial position on a limited marketing budget. I think it makes a lot less sense than it used to, in large part because the Internet has made movie publicity a much less regional thing than it used to be. Still, the general feeling is you don't take a movie like Carol wide without priming the pump in limited release, squeezing out as much buzz as you can. Keep in mind, director Todd Haynes has never had a movie on more than 300 screens (Far from Heaven, 2002). I'm sure the Weinsteins have much bigger plans for this, and for their many flaws, they're good at awards films.

There's been some grumbling that Steve Jobs tanked because they pushed it too wide too soon after a great limited opening. Personally, I think people just suffer from Jobs fatigue at this point. But there's a case to be made that if the studio had held on until early to mid-December, and if Fassbender and Sorkin and Doyle started picking up critical and guild award nods as well as Oscar buzz, they could have done a better job.

I'm not finding a wide release date, despite my efforts at googling. Does anyone know this?

I'm seeing a couple of references to Christmas Day. For example, here.
posted by Mothlight at 6:47 AM on November 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Someone on a friend's fb post about this messaged the filmmakers (or commented, whichever) on their fb page to ask when it would be coming to not-LA-or-NYC and they said December for a wider release.
posted by rtha at 7:30 AM on November 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


This Vulture article is really a cultural retrospective on Highsmith's career and the impact of the novel. And it's awesome!

But I'm a Todd Haynes fanboy, so I'm excited to see how he handles the story. He's had an odd career but both Poison and Safe have stuck with me over the years.
posted by Nelson at 7:36 AM on November 21, 2015


Oh my gosh, I didn't know anything about this movie! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!


This time last year, I didn't know anything about it either; in fact, I'd never even heard of The Price of Salt, but I told the story of how I discovered it in a lesbian literature thread earlier this year.

I actually, despite my love of Patricia Highsmith, had never heard of The Price of Salt/Carol until this year when I was at an event at the MCA for the "Bowie Is..." exhibit where Todd Haynes was speaking after a screening of Velvet Goldmine and he started talking about "the movie he was making starring Cate Blanchett as a lesbian in the 1950s based on a book that Patricia Highsmith had written under a pseudonym" and I nearly passed out.


I read The Price of Salt and loved it without reservation more than anything I'd read in a long time, which led to me reading more this year than I have in ten years. I missed the actually showing of Carol at the Chicago International Film Festival and was so bummed, but now that "limited" release doesn't mean Chicago either, I'm freaking out. But I'm also trying to avoid reading all the articles about it (I don't know what I'm trying not to spoil in the adaptation of a book I've already read), which means I have this increasingly large collection of bookmarks. This is my Star Wars (which is actually pretty awesome because Star Wars is also my Star Wars.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:01 AM on November 21, 2015 [6 favorites]


Thanks for informing me about December! It's much appreciated.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 8:08 AM on November 21, 2015


Trailers: one with words and one without.
posted by octothorpe at 8:40 AM on November 21, 2015


All this talk of a limited release had me worried that it wouldn't be playing in my city when it comes to the UK next week.

And it won't.

It will, however, be playing in Glasgow.

ROAD TRIP!
posted by kyrademon at 9:08 AM on November 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


(Her own favorite animals were snails, which she smuggled through customs by hiding a half-dozen or so under each of her breasts.)

FRIEND
posted by benzenedream at 12:39 PM on November 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


I, too, am really excited about seeing this. December seems so far away, all of a sudden.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 2:10 PM on November 21, 2015


Also on FanFare.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:19 PM on November 21, 2015


Based on a mis-parse of the FPP I thought there was a work called "The Price of Salt, Carol". Like maybe about a couple having a passive-aggressive conversation about supermarket purchases.
posted by threeants at 8:51 PM on November 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ticket acquired. Saturday, 3:00 PM.
posted by kyrademon at 9:32 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


I hate you just a teeny bit. It's temporary.
posted by rtha at 11:34 AM on November 22, 2015


If it helps, there's the ticket price plus the round trip train fares plus the overnight hotel cost plus meals out ...
posted by kyrademon at 2:01 PM on November 22, 2015 [3 favorites]


^^^ Hero.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:09 PM on November 22, 2015


WORTH IT
posted by kyrademon at 9:50 AM on November 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


I watched Carol last night and I can see why this film is drawing so much buzz from critics. It will inevitably garner an Oscar nod and deservedly so. The film is quiet and tense. Blanchett and Mara are both perfectly cast for their roles. This film should be a mandatory holiday viewing. Find it wherever you can. You will not be disappointed.
posted by Fizz at 4:56 AM on December 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


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