Saturday, 23 July 2016
"He Looks Like..."
Police Chief Jared Cofflin meets Coast Guard Lieutenant William Walker and thinks:
"He looks like... what's that guy's name... Redford, yeah." (p. 23)
In a film proposal or screen treatment, to state that a character resembles a known actor is to suggest that that actor should play that character. Is that what is going on here?
I previously discussed how to film particular works by Poul Anderson. How about SM Stirling's? Conquistador, The Peshawar Lancers and The Sky People would be spectacular. As with 1984, an authentic dramatization of the Draka History would be horrific. However, the series is a dystopia and dystopias are as valid as utopias, comedies, tragedies etc. I would not like to see all the torture and indeed think that it would be wrong to show it in graphic detail. However, we need to be informed that such things happen in fiction and in reality.
How did we get from Redford to the Draka? Let's get back to the temporally displaced Nantucket...