Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025100, Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:48:10 -0800

Re: RES: [NABOKV-L] Pale Fire in the Oscar-nominated film "Her"
Dear List,

Thank you Brian for posting this to the list on my behalf.

I should mention that it was a conversation with Andrea Pitzer (the author
of The Secret Life of Vladimir Nabokov) on Twitter about my discovery that
got me thinking about the possible meanings beyond just set dressing; it
wasn't until I watched the film again after our discussion that the
thematic resonance really properly landed.



On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Jansy Mello <jansy.nabokv-L@aetern.us>wrote:

> *Brian Boyd*: Michael Lavey pointed out to me off-list that the American
> paperback edition of *Pale Fire* features in the currently
> Oscar-nominated film *Her* (2013). He writes: as *Pale Fire* is concerned
> with the incomprehensibility of consciousness after death to those still
> living, *Her* is concerned with the incomprehensibility of superhuman
> intelligence (and emotion) to the merely human. I don't think it's a
> meaningless coincidence that the only book the audience sees in the movie
> (aside from the main character's own published book of letters) is *Pale
> Fire*.
> *Jansy Mello*: We mustn't forget that what's presented to the spectator
> points not only to Nabokov's novel "Pale Fire" but, also, to a specific
> edition that ostensibly carries a burnt out match in its cover (not the
> most appropriate visual rendering of PF in my eyes).
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