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A spectacularly windy day. Gale warnings. The wind at 22 mph. There's a limb that scrapes against the wall of the house, near our bedroom window. If being sick hadn't kept me awake, that would have. Leaves are coming down. The street is papered with red, yellow, and brown leaves. The sky is hidden behind the clouds.

I'm feeling a bit worse than yesterday. But I suspected I would. If snot were gold...

At least we got to see the National Theater's Frankenstein, as directed by Danny Boyle and written by Nick Dear. Watching Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, the endless, agonizing contortions of a body trying to learn to move, the mouth struggling to speech – brilliant. The sheer physical endurance and strength and coordination necessary to accomplish what Cumberbatch accomplishes, it wasn't something I'd guessed he were capable of. Dear and Boyle have done for Frankenstein's "creature" what John Gardner did for Grendel. There's a scene where he – the "creature – recites a portion of Paradise Lost that almost had me in tears. As did a scene later in the film with Elizabeth Frankenstein, when he laments having learned hate and the desire for vengeance. I'm so glad Spooky got tickets.

We carved pumpkins yesterday. There are photos, but I wasn't up to editing them this morning. Maybe I'll add the to this entry later.

Bleh,
Aunt Beast

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eluneth
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
"If snot were gold..."
I'm familiar with this sentiment. My condolences.

I had the chance to see a filmed performance with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature. I was also extremely moved and pained by his sheer physical struggle - a divided body trying to become reconciled to itself, even as its sovereign mind grows to detest that which it is.

Lighting and set were starkly splendid, too. Was a bit perplexed by the the bit with the random steampunks on the train, tho'!
andrian6
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I am dearly hoping they are filming and planning to release both Cumberbatch's and Miller's performances as the monster in some format. A documentary on the production, and their methodology, would be worth the cost alone.
eluneth
Nov. 1st, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
I checked for the possibility of a DVD before, since I would have loved to be able to see both performances, but apparently there's no plans to release one, on the grounds that the performers/production want to stay true to the notion of theater as an ephemeral art, to be experienced in the company of an audience. Hence, limited cinematic screenings, but no DVD.
humglum
Nov. 1st, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)

Which makes me even more glad that it was showing in Providence, and that I happened to notice.
sovay
Nov. 2nd, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
The sheer physical endurance and strength and coordination necessary to accomplish what Cumberbatch accomplishes, it wasn't something I'd guessed he were capable of.

I love discovering previously unseen capabilities in actors I like. I have not seen this production and keep hearing amazing things about it; maybe it will play in Boston.

I hope tomorrow contains less snot.
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