It’s not easy to make the task of writing cinematic, and I can only imagine that doing the same for editing is even more difficult. But Michael Grandage will attempt to do just that with his directorial debut, “Genius.”
The film centers around editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and “Look Homeward, Angel” author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law), and the creative relationship between the pair. Perkins, who also worked with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is regarded as an important figure in the lives of those writers, helping them cut through the clutter to find their voice. But as anyone who has read Wolfe knows, his beautiful prose is already a thicket of words to begin with, and this clip from EW shows how the movie depicts Perkins’ valuable insights.
“I think [Perkins’] genius was that he had great instinct for what the public wanted and great understanding of what his client wanted to do, and somehow was able to join up the two,” the director said. “Whereas the writer frequently just wrote and wanted it out there, Max very subtly helped them to get the best of themselves before it went out there.”
Co-starring Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, and Dominic West, “Genius” premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival, so look out for our review. It will be released by Lionsgate in the U.S.