Still Watching the Skies: Episode 47 “Slaughterhouse-Five”
Forty six years ago, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, George Roy Hill’s adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel, won a prize at Cannes. It also won a Hugo award. And then it seemingly vanished from all discussion. So it goes.
This episode, Nat, Cody, and Robert revisit the journey of Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time and a visitor to the planet Tralfamadore.
The film eschews the authorial voice of Vonnegut, but is otherwise quite faithful. Kurt Vonnegut loved this adaptation of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE. Critics of the time were apparently more mixed. But, a fresh watch today reveals a lot to discuss.
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE is perhaps most famous for the way it jumps around through time. We have a lot to discuss about the conceit and the quality of the transitions. We discuss the difficulty in adapting post-modern novels with a strong authorial voice to the screen. We talk about the cast, that despite acclaim at the time, only the lovely Valerie Perrine seemed to rise to the level of star. And, considering that two of the three had read the book, we compare and contrast the book and the movie.
Next month, we take our first look at the world of Roger Corman with X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. How deeply one should look at a Roger Corman picture may be a point of disucssion. We hope you’ll join us.