The Hotel New Hampshire


Stay away from open windows!


That is truly a special event when the literature meets (or clashes in? sometimes!) with the movie. Oh yes! I have another movie to present here. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

This is a novel, written by John Irving. It’s an almost fairytale, full of dreams, sorrow and adventures, and a Bear. It is unconventional, like almost all the good novels!

You know! I think that an artist doesn’t need to be conventional, even must be unconventional.

Here is a short describtion by Wikipedia:

“Based on the novel by John Irving, this unusual comedic drama follows the exploits of the eccentric hotel-operating Berry family. While there are many strange dynamics between the various members of the Berry clan, arguably the most unconventional is the almost incestuous relationship that young, handsome John (Rob Lowe) has with his pretty sister, Franny (Jodie Foster). As the patriarch, Win (Beau Bridges), tries to keep his family together, unexpected events occur, changing them all forever.”

In my opinion, this movie is a masterwork because, as the director Tony Richardson http://Tony Richardson wanted to be faithful to the book, John Irving was complaining, that it might be too faithful! Perhaps he knew his book is very freely and bohemian, therefore, was afraid of a flop. And it became almost a flop but only in the US and not in Europe.

Actually, making movies, based on novels has never been easy, and it comes very rarely that it goes well. I myself was often disappointed when I watched a movie, which made on a novel that I have read before. As we all (the older of course) might remember, Ernest Hemingway couldn’t endure more than a few minutes in the cinema to watch films made from his books and left there angrily. Therefore, I’d prize such filmmakers like Richardson with their faithfulness to books.

This movie was not so successful in the US, as it’s been waiting. It was too unconventional for such a conservative society like of the Americans. Hemingway once wrote: an American, as an individual, is very enjoyable, but in the masses, they are boring or sometimes, even horrible.

Rob Lowe later said “When some studios do get a good movie, a movie that’s different, they kill it. Orion โ€“ I hate that studio; I won’t work for them again for all the money in the world โ€“ releases Hotel New Hampshire with a cartoon of a bear: people thought they were going to see Garfield the Cat. Then they change it to a bicycle for five: people thought they were going to see the Von Trapp family!!!!

That’s it! I have not a chance to be conversational because of growing up with so many artists all around! This movie is a good one, believe me even with so many stars. You might know that a good-made-of literature movie with stars could be mostly miserable, but this one, despite such wonderful actors, has sealed the goal.

I have found the full movie here if one like to watch it on YouTube. Have a lovely weekend everybody. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

20 thoughts on “The Hotel New Hampshire

  1. Like you, Aladin, I’ve been disappointed by many books made into movies. I tend not to watch them if I have read the book. Thank you for the recommendation ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy New Year, my friend xx

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