Collegiate Cinema: Roth Adaptation “Indignation” Opens Friday

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The late ’80s and early ’90s brought us several coming-of-age films set in elite prep schools, such as “Dead Poets Society,” “School Ties,” and “Scent Of A Woman.” They don’t make movies like that anymore, save for once in a blue moon.

Well, that blue moon is here. July 29th sees the opening of “Indignation,” which is set in 1951 at a small private college and is based on the Philip Roth novel.

The film has a mostly positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though one critic is quoted as saying the movie is great looking but a “museum piece.”

Like I said, once in a blue moon. — CC

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42 Comments on "Collegiate Cinema: Roth Adaptation “Indignation” Opens Friday"

  1. Thank you for this posting.

  2. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | July 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm |

    Two words: Harris Tweed.

  3. Big fan of Philip Roth. Looking forward to seeing this!

  4. Orange Fiji | July 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm |

    I will definitely see this when it comes to Denver in a few weeks. i am also a big fan of Philip Roth & have enjoyed most of his books.

  5. Theodore Bouloukos | July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm |

    Not quite a roman à clef but a semi-autobiographical story about his undergraduate days at Bucknell, one suspects.

  6. Roth is a reprobate. But I’ll allow this movie to serve as atonement for Portnoys Complaint.

  7. Norfolk Trad | July 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm |

    @WFBjr

    Agreed. He is a product of the decadent 60’s and the all excesses of jewish-marxist thought. I’m sure this movie will serve to show how Roth’s stand-in was persecuted by the “goyim” or some other way of demonizing decent Christians.

    Reminds me of this Steve Sailer article: http://takimag.com/article/the_myth_of_the_golf_nazi_steve_sailer/print#axzz4FSQT0N9O

  8. Sheesh – good thing I didn’t pull the trigger early on and post about how much I enjoyed Roth’s ‘Plot Against America’. Save your own indignation, gentlemen & dont get your starched underwear in a twist: these ’50s prep school movies always about the Jewish kid trying to run the WASP gauntlet, aren’t they? The kid playing the lead in this one was excellent in “Fury”, though, I can attest to that.

  9. Norfolk Trad | July 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm |

    @Paul

    Just typical SJW pablum. The Ghostbusters feminazi reboot, but with nicer language and clothing.

  10. @NorfolkTrad”: “SJW”?

  11. The bigots can stay home and watch Fox.

  12. Norfolk Trad | July 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm |

    @Paul: “Social Justice Warrior” as in crybullies like Ol’Nippy who get triggered at the slightest mention of any truth.

  13. You sound like a crybully yourself.

  14. What is a “Social Justice Warrior”? Somebody who tries to right wrongs? Like Superman?

  15. Mike Jensen | July 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm |

    @Paul

    They’d like to think they are superheroes, but they are just libtards who crusade on the internet for causes they don’t really know anything about. Usually interchangeable with “Bernie Bros.”

    http://www.ivy-style.com/inappropriate-appropriation-a-social-justice-warrior-considers-the-ivy-wardrobe.html

  16. I guess I’ve been doing it wrong all these years: ie. reading books and going to the movies hoping to find good, interesting stories, when instead I’m supposed to be looking for things to be angry about, and boogeymen (of all stripes) to denigrate.

  17. Also, @MikeJensen: I know some of us can’t manage to keep the conversation to collar rolls and jacket vents, but in 2016 can we please refrain from using “-tard”? I’m on the board of a disabilities service organization, and I assure you that for the families of people with disabilities, it is hurtful beyond measure. I know it’s fun to mock in a forum with no accountability, but not at the expense of those who can’t fight for themselves.

  18. Neo Curmudgeon | July 25, 2016 at 11:26 pm |

    Too bad that Logan Lerman didn’t have the good taste to adopt as his own the sartorial style of the character he plays:

    https://goo.gl/images/X5LfS9

  19. Alistair Warburton | July 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm |

    A little gratitude to our Hebraic brethren is called for:

    http://www.ivy-style.com/school-ties-jewish-clothiers-and-the-ivy-league.html

  20. Phil Moiner | July 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm |

    @Paul
    So now we learn that you’re on the board of a disabilities service organization as well as that you go to a gym. Of what possible interest is such information to readers of this blog?

  21. Norfolk Trad | July 26, 2016 at 12:03 am |

    @Paul

    Ever hear of the First Amendment?

  22. Norfolk Trad | July 26, 2016 at 12:06 am |

    @Alistair

    Not saying all jews are bad. I’m sure Dick Press is a good guy who loves America. Just sick of these movies where jews are always the victim when they are the most privileged race in the world. Just a small group of activist jews in hollywood, really, who want to use that narrative to grab more power for themselves. They are the ones who make the movies where the white christian man is always the villain, to feed their narrative and continue eroding my freedom.

  23. @NorfolkTrad: how is the First Amendment involved – at all – with this conversation? Nobody, least of all the government, is infringing on your right to express your anti-Semitism. Nor is Mike Jensen’s use of hurtful language being limited. So please, enlighten us all on how the exercise of your rights is being impugned in any way here.

  24. @PhilMoiner: if you’re going to stalk me from afar, I might as well give you your money’s worth – I’m actually the president of the board.

    But maybe I should give you the benefit of the doubt: perhaps you’re really saying that, president of the board or ditch-digger, nobody should tolerate the use of “-tard”, and for that I thank you!

  25. Alistair Warburton | July 26, 2016 at 10:49 am |

    @Norfolk Trad

    Thanks for making us even more aware that anti-Semitism is alive.

    I assure you that “Jews in Hollywood” have produced far more films where “White Christian men” are the heroes than where they are the villains.

  26. @Norfolk

    Allow me to kindly direct you and your comments to another blog where I think you’ll be right at home:

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com

  27. Schamus has done some good stuff, including but not limited to being the screenwriter for many of Ang Lee’s films (in particular The Ice Storm).

  28. Theodore Bouloukos | July 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm |

    Agreed. There’s a tidy little Q&A with him in today’s Signature: http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/07/james-schamus-on-the-difficulty-of-adapting-philip-roth/

  29. Bags' Groove | July 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm |

    Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, O’Hara, Cheever, Mailer, Updike, all gone. Only Roth is left of the greats of American writing. Cherish him while you still can. With only a couple of exceptions I’ve enjoyed every one of his books, all of which I have in firsts, to be passed on to my kids, along with all my Updikes, many Mailers, Steinbecks and Hemingways. God Bless America and its great writers.

  30. Nice posts Alistair and Paul. @norfolk, continue to live in your little world. Life passes you by…

  31. Norfolk Trad | July 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm |

    @Alisdair: maybe in the past back when WASPS got the respect they deserved. Not since PC multiculturalism has overtaken this country.

  32. Gentlemen: I think we’re all being trolled by Norfolk, just to get a rise out of us.

    Speaking of rise: does anyone have any info. on my favorite purveyor of khaki pants (and nostalgia), Duck Head? For a few weeks now, their website has said it would be “elevated” or some such (whatever that means), and as of today it appears to be a dead link?

    My recollection is that the new owners read some of this blog’s comments, so I’m hoping maybe they’ll see this and chime in.

  33. The actor calls to mind a young Norman Mailer.

    Within seconds of complimenting the tweed jacket, I found a better picture that revealed roped shoulders. Grotesque.

  34. Ok, is that “Admiral Cod” parody? I’m hoping he is but…

  35. Bags' Groove | July 27, 2016 at 6:20 am |

    Oh my goodness, I’m now irrefutably past it. How could i have missed Saul Bellow from my list of departed American greats, especially with Roth himself being one of his greatest admirers? Another collection of treasured firsts that will be passed on to my kids.

  36. @Paul
    Thanks for getting us back on track with talk of khakis. Are these new duck heads worth a try?

  37. @Marty: if Duck Head is still a living, breathing entity, then yes they are worth trying. I bought two pair after the brand re-launch, and have been very satisfied. They’re different than what I wore in the 80s – less of a straight-leg, better quality materials, generally a better fit (my wife says that they give me a butt, which apparently I don’t actually have), etc.

    They are expensive, however, although they’re made in America. And they’re not lightweight: they’re substantial material (more so than the old ones), almost like an actual canvas. Great for fall, but they’ve remained in my closet during the warm weather.

  38. @Paul

    Thanks for the info.

  39. If anyone has read the book or seen the screener, please let us know if this is a communist manifesto, anti-WASP, or a story to be taken at face value.

  40. Never take a work of literature at face value.

  41. jerrysfriend | August 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm |

    Just saw it. Excellent! A bit of a variation of Roth’s “Goodbye Columbus,” also about a soft-hearted,
    intellectual and rather innocent Jewish guy from humble roots, who works in the library and is over-matched by the beautiful and much richer girl with whom he falls in love.

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