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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me is the English title for So weit die Füße tragen, a movie about the destiny and determination of a German lieutenant imprisoned in Siberia. This reminds me of The Way Back, a film with a similar action, but quite a different approach.

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me is based on the homonym novel written by Josef M. Bauer.

DirectorHardy Martins



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Samuel Dashiell Hammett

Years ago I read Samuel Dashiell Hammett‘s The Maltese Falcon, only after I saw the homonym movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.

The other day I have finish to read The Thin Man, also written by Hammett, and now I am curious to watch the movie directed by W.S. Van Dyke. There are few lines in the book that caught my attention, and this one from the very end is like some sort of an essence for The Thin Man:

Murder doesn’t round out anybody’s life except the murdered’s and sometimes the murderer’s.

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A Room with a View

I’ve “landed” on this movie with Helena Bonham Carter, A Room with a View (the adaptation of E.M. Forster homonym novel), a few years ago, not by chance, but by searching a few lines.

A few lines that have drawn my attention while listening to Dream Theater’s Space Dye Vest.

I am talking about George Emerson’s (Julian Sands) lines:

He’s the sort who can’t know anyone intimately, least of all a woman. He doesn’t know what a woman is. He wants you for a possession, something to look at, like a painting or an ivory box. Something to own and to display. He doesn’t want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms. It’s our last chance…

There’s a nice description of the novel on goodreads:

One of E. M. Forster’s most celebrated novels, “A Room With a View” is the story of a young English middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch.

And here’s the movie sequence with the quote above: Lying to George.

Director: James Ivory

This blog post is an improved version of an older one published on Sleepless Bobby.

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Never Let Me Go

After watching Mark Romanek‘s “Never Let Me Go“, words such as “fury“, “outrageous” “dehumanization” came into my mind. I was willing to know how much fiction and how much truth lies beneath this dystopian film. So I was looking for “National Donor Programme” (the name and NDP initials were clearly shown on a van’s rear door).

Director: Mark Romanek


So I have discovered that the film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s homonym dystopian science fiction novel. He won the Booker Prize in 2005, and he previously won this prize with The Remains of the Day.

Until now I only knew about Iced Earth‘s album named Dystopia, not having a single clue about the meaning of this (rather new) word:

dystopia – an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives

Speaking of “a new word“, one may wish to discover 3freewordsaday, Vocabulary Building the Easy Way! Actually there are not one, but three words each day!

Anyway, fiction or not, I was intrigued by the idea behind this movie (book) clearly explained by one of the characters in the movie, a new teacher in (Hailsham) school, to her students:

None of you would do anything except live the life that it was already set up for you. And sometime around your third donation your short life would be complete. That’s why you were created to.

The other day (this is an update) a dystopian sky photography found on Capricii [pseudo] literare urged me to integrate it within this post, so here it is:

Dystopian Sky
Dystopian Sky

Reading further on this topic on the web, I have found “National Marrow Donor Program Research Website“, were it is stated:

Extending and improving lives through innovative stem cells therapies.

It is something somewhat different (at least in statement) than the methods (“therapies”) in the movie, but I still have a question mark regarding the methods in the film. I hope that science and medicine made a step ahead and moral methods are used.

Well, a fact for the end: I grew up in such a dystopian society from the day I was born until the last days of my 18th year of life (December 1989)!

Below, you’ll find the trailer and (fictional singer) Judy Bridgewater‘s song, “Never Let Me Go“, sung by Jane Monheit.

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Ce que le jour doit à la nuit – Yasmina Khadra

Ce que le jour doit à la nuit” is the movie that I’ve watched the other day. A certain quote at the end of the movie drawn my attention, and I remembered the author: Yasmina Khadra. Surprisingly it wasn’t the name of a woman, but the name of a man. A man called Mohammed Moulessehoul, the author of “Ce que le jour doit à la nuit“, the book that inspired Alexandre Arcady the director of the movie.