Seize the Day by Saul BellowThis novella about the morning hours in the life of a man which is falling apart is authentic New York narrative AND somber urban fable.
Written in 56, it is still supremely relevant and I bet there are dozens, perhaps thousands, of Tommy Wilhems out there in the world, and they are all MODERN MEN; Wilhem is a man confused and, in the same vein as lame-o Holden C., one very unhappy with his placement in society, while also questioning his duties as a man. The episode between Wilhem and his father is an example of what is at the center of most of these The Modern Man Undone novels (this one reminded me instantly of Nathaniel Wests The Day of the Locust... in its authentic representation of the ambiance of an American city [Los Angeles]),which is Freudian, deep & serious, & it is this discussion between son & elder that is served so ruthlessly, so vividly here. & you know that with a title like Seize the Day the plot will be pretty much an ironic one.
Seize the Day
These performers understand the book better than the filmmakers or most literary critics. Read More. A very odd movie full of memorable characters and tense situations. Really captures the clannish and and oft times cynical denizens of s Jewish New York City. One of Williams most memorable roles, his chaotic and heartbreaking relationship with a distant father and an ending that defines existential angst, this is one of my favorite movies. Sign up now to be the first to hear about new and featured films, film culture news and exclusive offers from Fandor.
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You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments. It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Wikipedia summarizes the story of Saul Bellow's book, upon which the film is based: The story centers around a day in the life of Wilhelm Adler aka Tommy Wilhelm , a failed actor in his forties. Wilhelm is unemployed, impecunious, separated from his wife who refuses to agree to a divorce , and estranged from his children and his father. He is also stuck with the same immaturity and lack of insight which has brought him to failure.