Three women of various generations all have their lives intertwined through their attachment to the VIrginia Woolf Novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Woolf herself is written into the novel as she struggles with her personal mental illness in the 1920s. Later on, in the years 1949 and 2001, we meet similar women who experience situations that mirror the character of Clarissa Dalloway in the Woolf novel. Through a stream of consciousness narrative similar to Mrs. Dalloway author MIchael Cunningham presents a day in the life of each of these characters as they plan events, deal with sorrow, and experience the subtle beauty of everyday life. The novel employs many of the narrative techniques of Woolf’s work, which allows the reader to be sucked into each time period that the women inhabit. The 2002 film adaptation directed by Stephen Daldry follows the same three characters, all of whom are shown for a day of their respective lives. Framed in the beginning and the end of the film with snippets of Virginia Woolf’s life, Daldry has crafted an emotional adaptation of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The movie has been heralded for its faithfulness to the novel, with Daldry working to implement many of the narration techniques that Cunningham used and adapting them for the screen. The film was nominated for 9 Oscars, with Julianne Moore winning the award for Best Actress.
Book Written by Michael Cunningham
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman
Sat, Mar 18 - 10:30 A*
Thurs, Mar 23 - 7:30 P*
* This film is part of the Book to Screen series. To find out more, go to www.plazamac.org/book-to-screen