Tomorrow’s film is based on Paul Auster’s novel “The Music of Chance”.
Below you will find two short reviews of the novel, so that you will get a general idea of what the film will be about.
Compulsive traveller Jim Nashe finances an epic poker match for a self-proclaimed jackpot winner. "In his lucid, captivating yarn, Auster quietly raises disturbing questions of servants and masters, of loyalty, freedom and the inexplicable urge to kill".
This insightful novel is a taut study of the self-contradictory mind living by chance while thinking it can get away with anything. Jim Nashe is a frivolous
This is a short review of the film
Documentary filmmaker Philip Haas made his dramatic feature film debut with The Music of Chance, adapted from Paul Auster‘s terse, existential novel. The film follows the plight of two hapless drifters — Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin), who is escaping family and responsibility with an inheritance and a red BMW, and Jack Pozzi (James Spader), a down-on-his-luck gambler and world class manipulator. Pozzi convinces Nashe to shoot the works and put his remaining $10,000 into a high stakes poker game against two rich suckers — reclusive lottery winners Willie Stone (Joel Grey) and Bill Flower (Charles Durning), who share a lavish but isolated country estate, using the remains of their lottery fortune to construct a self-contained world on the grounds of their mansion. Instead of bilking the two millionaires, however, Pozzi and Nashe lose their windfall and find themselves indebted to Stone and Flowers, who compel them to work off their losses by constructing a stone monument on their estate, a chore that results in deception, flight, and possibly murder. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide
Look at the trailer
Look at some clips from the film
What are the main themes of this film?
What about the choice of songs? Do you think music emphasises the main theme of the film? If yes, How?
This is the first film we have watched so far that does not see Paul Auster as film script writer. Is there anything in the choices of the film director that makes this blatant?