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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Doubt on film

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of the Alliance Theatre's superlative production of Doubt is up. If the fact that it's a suspenseful, engrossing, thought-provoking show that crowns an exceptional season at the Alliance were not enough to intrigue you, news of the film adaptation just might.

Doubt playwright John Patrick Shanley adapted the screenplay and is directing the film, and you can imagine that his three leads were all his "first choices:" Meryl Streep as the suspicious, relentless Sister Aloysius, Philip Seymour Hoffman as the personable but enigmatic Father Flynn and Enchanted star Amy Adams as naive Sister James. On April 14, Ain't It Cool News posted a positive review of what must be a very early cut of the Doubt film, which is expected to be released this fall for Academy Award consideration.

Shanley won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Moonstruck and has directed several films, including the intriguing sleeper Five Corners (which has the quirks and richness of his stage plays; I highly recommend it) and the wildly eccentric Tom Hanks vehicle Joe vs. The Volcano. I have mixed feelings about Joe — it's a pretty mixed movie — but I love the job-from-hell content at the beginning, especially Dan Hedaya as his hateful boss: in his first scene, we hear one side of his furious phone conversation, which consists of two sentences repeated ad nauseum: "I'm not arguing that with you!" and "I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?" Here's the Gilliam-esque opening credits:

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(Photo by Greg Mooney)

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