Revolutionary Road on big screen!


First published in 1961, and recently rediscovered by both readers and critics, Richard Yates‘s Revolutionary Road is the portrait of a failing marriage.

Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy. Dialogues between husband and wife are brilliantly used to bring concealed resentments to the surface. In their ordinary conversations, Frank and April Wheeler learn every way to wound or disgust each other.

Revolutionary Road was Yates first novel and he became finalist for the National Book Award 1962. He is often compared to F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby.

Very amazing is the picturesque writing style of Yates, a little pastiche and like a moving picture. The novel seems like a the perfect screenplay, so it was quite predictable to make a movie of it. The Hollywood producer Albert Ruddy already bought the property outright in 1967 and Yates offered to write the adaption of the novel but Ruddy was busy with other project, so it has never been made before. And Yates died in 1992. His novel was rediscovered in 1994 and chosen by Time as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to present.

Dreamworks is now teaming up with Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet to star in this movie. It sounds very promising that Winslet´s husband Sam Mendes will direct the movie. Paramount Pictures , who owns the world wide distribution rights, plans to release the movie in December 2008 – isn’t it a perfect timing for an Oscar nomination?

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