The South Asian Britain of My Beautiful Laundrette By Sarfraz Manzoor
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My Beautiful Laundrette By Kim Hendrickson
Two of our favorite artists, filmmaker David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Videodrome) and novelist Jonathan Lethem (who’s written liner notes for us and even set the opening scene of his most recent novel in the Criterion Collection office), are joining (dark) forces. According to the Guardian today, Cronenberg is going to direct an adaptation of Lethem’s 1997 novel As She Climbed Across the Table, which is a romance, though one with a decidedly Cronenbergian, sci-fi bent: a man must compete with a miniature black hole for the love of a fellow physicist. Here’s hoping this project happens, along with the ever ambitious director’s planned big-screen versions of Christopher Hampton’s play The Talking Cure and Don DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis.