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Video: Cloud Atlas - Official Trailer [HD]

Excerpt from the, Cloud Atlas – review: So David Mitchell's novel was filmable after all – but will you want to see it twice?(2013) by Philip French, from The Observer, February 23, 2013

Dai Congrong's bestselling Chinese translation of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and the film version of David Mitchell's 2004 Booker shortlisted novel, Cloud Atlas, both complex fictions about the cyclical nature of life, should warn us against calling anything unfilmable or untranslatable. They are not necessarily proof, however, that they're worth filming or translating.

In a charming introduction to the new paperback edition of his novel, Mitchell expresses his good fortune that it fell into such "capable hands" as Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the film's co-directors and adaptors. The Wachowskis love intricate narratives and the world of ideas; their Matrix trilogy has, I believe, been used in introductory philosophy courses at American colleges. Tykwer's Run Lola Run, a German action movie telling the same story thrice, with events taking different courses, was preceded by an epigraph from Eliot's Little Gidding, and he later filmed Heaven, the first part of a trilogy left at his death by Krzysztof Kieslowski, the Polish cinematic metaphysician.

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