Friday, March 2, 2018

📘🎥Friday's Film Adaptation🎥📘: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

In Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, Therese is working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. One day, a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer’s address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young, inexperienced and shy, she writes a note to the customer, Carol, and is elated and surprised when Carol invites her to meet.

Therese realizes she has strong feelings for Carol, but is unsure of what they represent. Carol, in the process of a bitter separation and divorce, is also quite lonely. Soon the two women begin spending a great deal of time together. Before long, they are madly and hopelessly in love. The path is not easy for them, however. Carol also has a child and a very suspicious husband, dangerous ground for the lovers. When the women leave New York and travel west together, they discover the choices they’ve made to be together will have lasting effects on both their lives.

👭📕Considered to be the first lesbian pulp novel to break the pulp publishing industry-enforced pattern of tragic consequences for its lesbian heroines, The Price of Salt was written under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan by Patricia Highsmith – the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.📕👭

As one reviewer wrote in 1952, “Claire Morgan is completely natural. She has a story to tell and she tells it with an almost conversational ease. Her people are neither degenerate monsters nor fragile victims of the social order. They must—and do—pay a price for thinking, feeling and loving ‘differently,’ but they are courageous and true to themselves throughout.”

In 1950s New York, two women, one older and one younger, fall in love.

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Release Time: 118 minutes

Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird
Rooney Mara as Therese Belivet
Sarah Paulson as Abby Gerhard
Jake Lacy as Richard Semco
Kyle Chandler as Harge Aird
John Magaro as Dannie McElroy
Cory Michael Smith as Tommy Tucker
Carrie Brownstein as Genevieve Cantrell
Kevin Crowley as Fred Haymes
Nik Pajic as Phil McElroy

2016 Academy Awards
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress - Rooney Mara - Nominated
Best Cinematography - Edward Lachman - Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay - Phyllis Nagy - Nominated
Best Original Score - Carter Burwell - Nominated
Best Costume Design - Sandy Powell - Nominated

2016 Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture--Drama - Carol - Nominated
Best Director - Todd Haynes - Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture--Drama - Cate Blanchett - Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture--Drama - Rooney Mara - Nominated
Best Original Score - Carter Burwell - Nominated

2016 BAFTAs
Best Leading Actress - Cate Blanchett - Nominee
Best Supporting Actress - Rooney Mara - Nominee
Best Adapted Screenplay - Phyllis Nagy - Nominee
Best Cinematography - Edward Lachman - Nominee
Best Production Design - Judy Becker , Heather Loeffler - Nominee
Best Costume Design - Sandy Powell - Nominee
Best Makeup and Hair - Jerry DeCarlo , Patricia Regan - Nominee
Best Film - Elizabeth Karlsen , Christine Vachon , Stephen Woolley - Nominee
David Lean Award for Direction - Todd Haynes - Nominee



Author Bio:
Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor. Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature. Michael Dirda observed, "Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide, and Camus."




Blog Tour: Found by Annabella Michaels

Title: Found
Author: Annabella Michaels
Series: Hamilton's Heroes #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
​As a former U.S.A.F. Pararescueman, Jeremy O’Brien is used to following orders, no questions asked. So, when Micah, his boss at Hamilton Security, asks him to take on a special case, he readily accepts. Micah’s instructions are simple, find the man in the picture and bring him back to Chicago.

​Seven years ago, Zane Wilkinson left the hospital against doctor’s orders, only to suffer a final, devastating blow that left him with no choice but to leave the only place he’d called home. Feeling heartbroken and empty, Zane moved from town to town just trying to survive, while never letting anyone get too close.

​In a chance encounter, Jeremy finds himself crossing paths with a man who fits Zane’s description. His instincts tell him that he’s on to something, but Micah warns him that he needs to be absolutely sure. Jeremy sets a plan in motion that will allow him to get closer to the man he believes to be Zane. However, the closer he gets, the more he likes the man and begins to question why he was sent to find him.

Will Jeremy be able to follow through with his orders without becoming too attached? Or will he realize that in his search for Zane, he’s found so much more than he bargained for?

He pulled up to the window and I watched him as he lifted his hips and dug his wallet out of his back pocket. The move shouldn’t have been sexy, but it planted images in my head of those hips rising up to meet mine and I had to swallow back a groan as I turned and looked out my own window. The guy was sexy as fuck, there was no denying that, but I could barely get him to look me in the eye or talk to me. If he knew the things I’d been thinking about him, I’d scare him away for sure.- Jeremy

Author Bio:
I am married to my high school sweetheart who let’s face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far, we haven’t screwed it up; I’ll let you know for sure later. I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.