The Aspern Papers (2018)
First screened in February 2020
Director: Julien Landais. Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Jon Kortajarena, Alice Aufray, Nicolas Hau, Lois Robbins, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Barbara Meier, Arianna Addonizio, Alessandro Bressanello. Screenplay: Jean Pavans, Julien Landais, and Hannah Bhiuya (based on the novella by Henry James and its stage adaptation by Jean Pavans).

Twitter Capsule: Even the ideally cast Redgraves can't save this Aspern from its catastrophic script changes and lead performance.

VOR:   I get why filmmakers repeatedly see potential here, but this is the latest Aspern to miss James's elusive mark. The state of the directing!

Photo © 2018 Summerstorm Entertainment/Princeps Films,
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Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D

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