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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Opie inconveniences the French

Filming is set to begin in the Louvre, the opening locale of "The Da Vinci Code", Dan Brown's hyper-bestseller .

Some weeks ago, I read in the imdb board that the French were severely inconvenienced by this Da Vinci Code mania, tourists now adding L'Eglise de Saint-Sulpice to their set Louvre-Arc de Triomphe-Tour Eiffel itinerary, and even congregating outside that Swiss bank, goodness only knows what they're hoping to see; maybe a guard revealing a cilice on one of his brawny thighs.

La Gioconde is really very small

To be sure, inconveniencing the French is the least of prices to pay for bringing this book to life, they who think nothing of sticking it to the tourists with their interminable Métro improvements and who close down the Mikimoto shop in the Place Vendôme from June to September, JUST during the summer months, since of course, they're all busy having fun in St. Bart's then. Do you know how long I've tried to see the inside of the Mikimoto shop? Years, my friends. Years. Although of course I wouldn't actually buy anything, but they're not to know that.

Still, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks "Angels & Demons" would've made a better adaptation.

Yes, it shares the now trademark Dan Brown simplistic writing, lectural intervals, and dizzyingly anti-Catholic undertones, but it's a much pleasanter read.

Who can't love a book which features a smart and sassy character named Vittoria?


  • She might change their minds. She was good at leaving clues in her big film, lets see if she's as good following them.

    Anyone want to bet the "Da Vinci Code" won't be required reading in Britain if she has her way?

    By Blogger Renato, at Mon Jan 24, 11:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Audrey Tautou! Good grief. Why am I not surprised, and yet I am?

    I suppose because the punters had Juliette Binoche as odds-on favourite to star as Sophie, and as the BBC link you mentioned, Renato, said as well, Kate Beckinsale was in the running.

    Yet something tells me Audrey is too...Hello Kitty...in some indescribably pat way to play the Sophie role in the DVC.

    Mind you, if I were casting, she'd probably have gotten the nod too, as assuredly as I'd have given Monica Belucci the Vittoria role in A&D.

    We shall see.

    Now who'll get the part of Teabing? Though it had Peter Ustinov written all over it, now that he's passed on, I suppose it'll go to Peter O'Toole. He seems to have the dotty, soigné Englishman roles cornered. Not bad for an Irishman...

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Jan 25, 12:31:00 am GMT-5  

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