A pleasure deferred

Posted by · 12:23 pm · May 4th, 2009

As I walked past my local cinema (that would be my beloved Dalston Rio, if there are any other fans out there) en route to the supermarket this morning, I was rather struck by this new poster for Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece “Synecdoche, New York.”

Synecdoche, New York

After spending a moment admiring the one-sheet and wondering why I had never seen it before, it only then occurred to me that the film has yet to be released in the UK. Yes, you Yanks read that right: the film only hits Limey screens in a fortnight’s time. (Of course, to make up for it, we get a lot of European titles ahead of the States — with the curious exception of “Let the Right One In,” which only bowed last month.)

The upside of this eccentric distribution pattern is that I get to savour the film (my own #4 of 2008) anew on the big screen a full 7 months after first doing so. It’s akin to the joy of finding a forgotten banknote in an old jeans pocket.

(On another note, with the UK quad following on from highly inventive designs for the film’s Cannes and US bows — pictured below to jog your memory — doesn’t “Synecdoche” have one of the most impressive poster portfolios in recent memory?)

Synecdoche, New Yorksynecdoche22Synecdoche, New York

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  • 1 5-04-2009 at 12:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    LOVE it.

  • 2 5-04-2009 at 2:37 pm

    Bill said...

    This is a little bit related, but Guy I’m wondering if you saw the Little Dorrit series on BBC that just made it here on Masterpiece. I thought it was excellent, especially from Eddie Marsan and Tom Courtenay, I’d be interested to hear your opinion.

  • 3 5-04-2009 at 2:59 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Admittedly I missed a couple of episodes here and there, but I’m afraid what I saw didn’t really work for me. Like much of Andrew Davies’ work, I found the adaptation fussy and lacking in emotional grit, and for me, it never really captured the density or energy of Dickens’ London. (Though to be fair, that’s partly a budget issue.)

    The cast is strong, though — and I agree that Eddie Marsan was (as always) a particular delight.

    Overall, I think fans of the novel would be a lot better off with Christine Edzard’s 6-hour film version. But that’s just my take.

  • 4 5-04-2009 at 4:54 pm

    Chris said...

    I saw this poster on Saturday, when I went to my own personal favourite, the Glasgow Film Theatre to see “Is Anybody There?”. I think the 5 seconds I looked at the poster would have been worth the £4.50 I paid to see the film.

    I’m dying to see this.

  • 5 5-04-2009 at 4:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Eh… it’s certainly an interesting, ambitious, and peculiar film, but it never really comes together in any completely satisfying way.

    As a philosophical lecture – brilliant.
    As a movie – just doesn’t work.

  • 6 5-04-2009 at 5:52 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Couldn’t love the film any more, but I absolutely hate this poster. If I were to see that and not know what the movie was about, I would think it was a comedy. I understand the symbolism of Hoffman walking into himself, but seriously, I keep waiting for some animated character to pop up. But the other three posters are absolutely remarkable.

  • 7 5-04-2009 at 9:41 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    But it is a comedy, no? A warped, metaphysical and ultimately very bleak one, but a comedy nonetheless. The way I saw it anyway.

  • 8 5-05-2009 at 4:41 am

    Glenn said...

    I’m with Speaking English on this one.

    I actually thought I wasn’t liking it at all and then the credits rolled and I realised that maybe I did and that maybe I was moved and thought it had real pathos, but I still don’t think it all quite gelled.

  • 9 5-05-2009 at 5:56 am

    red_wine said...

    I saw it much after the Oscars but what a glorious movie. Hoffman is undoubtedly the best male actor working today and the screenplay is brilliant enough to be taught alongside Beckett & Joyce.

    The latest poster is okay but the first 3 have great artwork. And yep, it is perhaps a comedy, but its also very depressing in places.

  • 10 5-05-2009 at 6:52 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Actually, I didn’t see very much comedic about it.

    ****Possible spoilers****

    I mean a man with all of this talent and ambition sets out to make a masterpiece and ends up not fulfilling that at all. The main theme I got out of the movie reminded me exactly of Pink Floyd’s “Time.” That idea that we may plan to do all these things, just tomorrow, and then one day we realize that all this time has gone by with little to show for it (he was working on the thing for something like twenty years).

    I guess the greatness of that movie could be even greater than I thought, seeing as how we view it so differently.

  • 11 5-05-2009 at 7:40 am

    Cezar said...

    This is coming out in Australia on Thursday and it’s about time. Very excited the wait is finally over.