Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Embers - the film!

The Hungarian film adaptation of Marai's Embers premiers in Hungary on January 31 at the 37th Hungarian Film Festival. 4,000 copies of the film will be distributed to all the secondary schools in Hungary.

More info soon, but in the meantime, check out:

Official Site - Cast, photos, and trailer.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Jemery Irons on Embers

In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, Irons made some observations about taking on the production of Embers:

"I'd been looking for something to do on stage for five years, and then I read a novel by a Hungarian writer called Sandor Marai and loved it..."

"My initial reaction was that I didn't want to play that old - I'm, what, 56, 57 - but there are 24 pages of monologue in the second act; it gets harder to remember lines when you get older. The play is about male friendship, love and betrayal."

"It is the same subject matter as in Brideshead, funnily enough. That male platonic friendship, spanning many years. Male friendship is something that isn't often examined."

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