How Much Do You Love Balzac? (February 11, 2004)
For many years film adaptations of novels in series have been multiplying: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter... Before that it was Shakespeare's plays, the adventures of Jules Verne, and especially the immense study of morals that is Balzac's La Comédie humaine, with no fewer than 170 adaptations. [...]It sounds worth a visit. The exhibit continues through February 19.
The text of Balzac is unique. It is read by an actor and remains the only reference point for the visitor confronted by several screens showing excerpts from films adapted from one novel or another. Five versions of Eugénie Grandet are side by side, with as many different portrayals of the girl. Transferred to the screen, the words clothe all of the directors' realities, and the imaginary world of each one corresponds in a unique way to the writer's creativity.