Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025102, Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:14:06 -0800

Re: RES: [NABOKV-L] Pale Fire in the Oscar-nominated film "Her"
A correction: Andrea Pitzer's book is The Secret *History* of Vladimir
Nabokov, not The Secret *Life*. Apologies.

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM, zero <cestlaguerre@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Merci!
> Michael
> 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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