Colin Firth stars in “Genius” as Max Perkins, the book editor at Scribner Publishing Company who oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney also star.
Directed by Michael Grandage from a screenplay by John Logan (Spectre, The Last Samurai, Gladiator), “Genius” is based on the book by A.Scott Berg. Pearce plays F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway is played by Dominic West, both writers discovered by Perkins. Kidman plays Aline Bernstein, the wife of Thomas Wolfe.
Based on “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by #1 New York Times bestselling author A. Scott Berg, the book won the National Book Award. From the book’s description from Amazon:
The talents he nurtured as an editor were known worldwide: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and numerous others. But Maxwell Perkins remained a mystery, a backstage presence who served these authors not only as book editor extraordinaire but also as critic, career manager, money-lender, psychoanalyst, father-confessor, and friend.
This outstanding biography, a winner of the National Book Award, is the first to explore the fascinating life of this editor extraordinaire—in both the professional and personal domains. It tells not only of Perkin’s stormy marriage, endearing eccentricities, and secret twenty-five-year romance with Elizabeth Lemmon, but also of his intensely intimate relationships with leading literary lights of the twentieth century. It is, in the words of Newsweek, “an admirable biography of a wholly admirable man.”
Directed by Michael Grandage. Written by A. Scott Berg (based on the book by), John Logan (screenplay). Starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Dominic West, Laura Linney, Harry Attwell and Vanessa Kirby. Release date July 29th, 2016 (USA). Return to Thumbnail View.
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