…and the quest to see everything

Barney’s Version

Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) has a second Mrs. Panofsky (Minnie Driver). She’s a Rebecca reference – an unnamed second wife considerably worse in reputation than Barney’s duplicitous first. And of course, I love her. While Barney brings up a guest, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), she replies, ‘She subscribes to The Economist but buys Vogue off the stands.’ I gotta use that one of these days.

Naturally, he ends up marrying Miriam, who’s more bland but less psychotic. Good call, Barney. At 7 tonight,The Toronto Reference Library is gonna ‘preview’ of Barney’s Version, shakily adapted from Mordecai Richler‘s swan song. Geoff Pevere is talk about the author, book and movie. Thanks for the heads up, NOW Magazine!

2 responses

  1. I have not read the book but the film felt too episodic and there were too many characters most of whom were barely touched and became more like caricatures.
    However Giamatti is AMAZING!!
    this is my review of the film

    January 24, 2011 at 1:20 am

  2. The book itself is impressionistic and episodic, never really getting you into the past. It’s just bits and chunks of memory.

    And Barney seems written for Giamatti, even if he wasn’t famous in 1997, when the book was published.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:24 am

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