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(17006) 6.6 104 min 2016

Genius is a movie starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman. A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Jude Law
Biography, Drama
Michael Grandage

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Biography, Drama
Director Michael Grandage
Writer John Logan, A. Scott Berg
Stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Jude Law
Country USA, UK
Also Known As Génie, Genijus, 天才柏金斯, Ένας χαρισματικός άνθρωπος, O Mestre dos Gênios, Um Editor de Génios, Genij, Geenius, Ģēniji, ベストセラー 編集者パーキンズに捧ぐ, Géniusz, Geniusz, El editor de libros, Genius: Die tausend Seiten einer Freundschaft, Pasión por las letras
Runtime 1H 44M
Description When, one day in 1929, writer Thomas Wolfe decided to keep the appointment made by Max Perkins, editor at Scribner's, he had no illusions: his manuscript would be turned down as had invariably been the case. But, to his happy amazement, his novel, which was to become "Look Homeward, Angel," was accepted for publication. The only trouble was that it was overlong (by 300 pages) and had to be reduced. Although reluctant to see his poetic prose trimmed, Wolfe agreed and was helped by Perkins, who had become a true friend, with the result that it instantly became a favorite with the critics and a best seller. Success was even greater in 1935 when "Of Time and the River" appeared, but the fight for reducing Wolfe's logorrheic written expression had been even harder, with the novel originally at 5,000 pages. Perkins managed to cut 90,000 words from the book, and with bitterness ultimately taking its toll, the relationships between the two men gradually deteriorated. Wolfe did not feel grateful to Perkins any longer but had started resenting him for owing his success to him.

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Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 09:02

This movie is a fine, non-judgmental look at the complex lives of these individuals. No one, not even a lawyer, can predict how a family will act in a given circumstance. No one knows what is going to happen when one person is suffering a tragedy, and no one knows how a person will react in such a situation. And, unfortunately, the fact that these people are being victimized by a criminal, and the fact that he has a public persona and a high-profile, and that the legal system has worked its ass off to try to prove that he did not do it, means that the public opinion is pretty much on his side. This movie is not about how a person must react in a given situation, but rather about how a person must act in a given situation. It is important for the viewer to realize that a person who is guilty of a crime can be considered to be a "wounded animal" and "not guilty" in the eyes of the law. That is why the movie is not trying to show the other side of the story. The lawyer's character is essentially doing what the family members want him to do, and that is to try to convince the jury that the defendant is a "wounded animal" and that the public should not give the defendant the benefit of the doubt because he is a public figure. The fact that the criminal is being punished by a public figure means that the public, the public opinion, is not on his side. This movie does a good job of showing the "double-whammy effect" on the victim, and the importance of defending a victim, and the importance of the public. These are the types of movies that should be made.

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