Jim Harrison A Really Big Lunch
Has anybody out there read Jim Harrison's "A Really Big Lunch"? Published in the 2004 New
Yorker Food Issue, it's an account of a 37 course lunch he and some other people took part in in Burgundy France. The article is an amazing piece of writing reccouning a very oppulent event. My
question is could this piece be turned into a movie? I realize that the article doesn't have the conflict necessary in a piece of fiction, but couldn't a good screenwriter create one? (I tried writing fiction writing in college but I suck at it. I eventually got a Library Science Degree but I Digress.)
hmmm... I don't recall that article, and my stash doesn't go back that far anymore, but I think I still have an online account, so I'm going to look for it. It sounds like a great article. Without having read it, the only concern I would have is Hollywood turning what you describe as a seemingly fine piece of writing into the usual pap they churn out daily. Ala Frances Mayes' "A Year in Tuscany", which became a ridiculous farce about a woman looking for love. And I don't even trust foreign film makers anymore not to follow the Hollywood formula (at least some of them) - both "Woman on Top" and Toast" were disappointments, to me. As was "Today's Special" (though I don't think that was actually an Indian-made film.)
Then again, I loved "Big Night", an indie film.... so maybe it's possible... thanks for bringing up that article, i'm going to take a look for it.