Thursday, November 20, 2008

Beethoven and goblins


Let’s have a go at adapting a work of literature into a film scenario. It’s not of the quality of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, but we all have to start somewhere.

“It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.”

E.M. Forster. Howards End.


 The Schlegels are irrepressible before the performance begins.


Aunt Juley: I do like the way it opens.

Margaret: Really, Aunt Juley. Heroes and shipwrecks? The third movement…

Helen: Yes, yes, the goblins… and then the elephants dancing…

Tibby: (score open upon his knees) But listen out for the transitional passage, the drum coming in.


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