Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Berlin Film Festival: Michael Grandage and John Logan Talk 'Genius'

“Genius,” which has just premiered in competition in Berlin, charts the extraordinarily creative but troubled — and ultimately tragic — relationship between one of America’s greatest writers, Thomas Wolfe, and the editor who steered his unwieldy talent towards the page, Maxwell Perkins. Based on Scott Berg’s acclaimed biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,” the film offers a reminder that books don’t simply burst fully formed from the creative loins of a talented and unimpeachable scribe; not unlike films, they need editing, and as in cinema editing doesn’t just mean cutting, but shaping, honing, finessing; even though in Wolfe's case, cutting — a lot of cutting — was...

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