This is a good thing for two reasons:
1. I finished the novel! (whew! big sigh of relief)
2. I picked up the BBC movie version at the library this week.
So after closing the book, I headed downstairs to fold laundry and watch the movie.
I tried. I really did, but I just can’t do it.
Here are reasons why I should keep watching the movie:
- It’s BBC. They’re always fantastic
- It’s Richard Chamberlain as Ralph Touchett. (How have you been pronouncing the character’s last name? They say “touch-it” in the movie.)
- It was taped in six episodes, so chances are it is faithful to the novel.
- All the locations. Will they use sets or travel?
- It’s four hours long!
- It was filmed in 1968. The actors behave as if they are on a stage and the camera angles are strange. Very old-time soap opera feeling.
- Did I mention it’s four hours long?
I watched the first two scenes, turned off the movie, and came upstairs to sit at the computer and confess that I tried, but I’m not sure I can finish the screen version of The Portrait of a Lady.
I am curious about the actors that play Mme. Merle, Osmond, and Pansy. I’m not sure that I’m so terribly curious that I’ll sit through 240 minutes of BBC soap opera Henry James novel.