Carnage Erupts At The New York Film Festival

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Two couples were screaming and vomiting and throwing things at the New York Film Festival opening the other night.

Fortunately, that was all happening on-screen.

The feature attraction was Carnage, Roman Polanski's adaptation of God of Carnage, the Broadway hit comedy about grown people gathering to discuss their kids' altercation and devolving into barbarians themselves.

It's too soon to review anything except to say Polanski has mercifully not opened up the play in the way a lesser director, distrusting the material, would surely have done.

After the opening bit, he keeps the action squarely placed in the Brooklyn apartment (shot in Paris, since he can't come to the U.S.).

And having seen Rosemary's Baby about 100 times, I can attest to the knack Polanski has for making things cook inside an apartment building.

There's lots of bantering and fighting as familial bonds start unraveling, a highlight coming when Kate Winslet's character loses it and screeches to Jodie Foster, "I wipe my ass with your humanity!"

And that wasn't the end of the theatrics.

At the after-party, a young nebbish cornered me, begging me to tell him who was important in the room.

I thought that was sweet, until I remembered he'd done the same thing last year!

I promptly started vomiting and throwing things.


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Lady Saga
Lady Saga

LOL...haha...oh michael...you never disappoint..."I promptly started vomiting and throwing things."  so funny!

Mel
Mel

The play was a huge disappointment--and that was with Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, and James Gandolfini, all great actors--the writing was just one step above something you would have seen at a dinner theatre in the 70s.  Casting Jodie Foster in such an emotional role makes the movie sound like it will be a major snooze--though the other three are fine actors.  But I lost interest in Jodie's acting after "Nell" and "the twees, the twees."

billyjoe
billyjoe

There's lots of bantering and fighting as familial bonds start unraveling, a highlight coming when Kate Winslet's character loses it and screeches to Jodie Foster, "I wipe my ass with your humanity!"

You sure Mel "Sugar Tits" Gibson isnt also in this movie?

Girauch
Girauch

I can't believe this pedophile is still working and not in jail. Disgusting. There was a great New Yorker article back in about his fetish for teens that made me really sad. Any non-celebrity average Joe who has done what he's done would be behind bars. And shame on Winslet and Foster for working with him.

The Celebrity Defense by Jeffrey Toobin. Dec 14, 2009http://www.newyorker.com/repor...

Jay
Jay

"Who's important in the room"? well, for a young thing, he's very wise to know that some people are important and some just aren't.

Shazizzle
Shazizzle

Yes, Polasnki certainly knows about confinement, lol.

Randa
Randa

Jodie coming out of the closet for real--THAT would be carnage.

But yeah, the play is glorified Neil Simon.

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