Look up! Prepare the way for ANGELS IN AMERICA

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  1. Steve Tannehill

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    HBO airs the first installment of ANGELS IN AMERICA this Sunday night.

    http://www.hbo.com/films/angelsinamerica

    The original plays--which won everything from Tony awards to the Pulitzer Prize--were subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes." In a nutshell, they're about AIDS and politics during the Reagan Eighties.

    It's guaranteed to offend, so we should not get into the politics here. But having seen the plays on Broadway, I am looking forward very much to seeing how they transition to the small screen (well, the 65-inch HDTV screen, but hey. [​IMG] )

    Is anyone else going to check this out?

    - Steve
     
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    I'm definitely going to watch. I saw both plays a few years ago and they were extremely powerful. It looks like Nichols has assembled an amazing cast for this.

    I've read a few reviews of this (Time, TV Guide, NY Times, Wash. Post) and they have been unanimous in their high praise for this production.
     
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    I thought it was an HBO movie, not a series. I'll definately be watching.
     
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    I begged and begged but I couldn't manage to get an invitation to a screening of this last night. Some friends of mine who were invited are raving today that the movie does right by the two plays and then some, with praise for all the actors right down the line and shock that these dense, highly theatrical plays have been so well adapted for television.

    I know what I'll be doing these next two Sunday nights.
     
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    My wife is desperate to see this series, right since the first teasers for it appeared on HBO many months ago. It better be good or she'll be pissed! [​IMG]
     
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    The first time I saw a teaser, I got chills. I had *no* idea they were making it into a miniseries. Indeed, I thought there would be no way they could *ever* film it--primarily because of the length. A miniseries solves this.

    Reading a few of the reviews make me wish it were Sunday night already! I may have to go re-read the plays to make it through the week!

    By the way, there will be multiple airings--IMO, the way to see this will be to mirror the 2-play structure, hence my next two Sunday nights are booked (even with the Fab 5 in town one of those nights). But HBO is also showing it in individual hours, and at one point will be showing all six hours on one night. The schedule at the link above has the details.

    - Steve
     
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    This takes me back to seeing both plays in New York in one marathon day right after "Perestroika" opened. It was electrifying onstage and, after having seen a different theatre company's production of it 3 years ago, I'm incredibly excited about this mini-series.

    The ads, at least, capture the look and feel of Mr. Kushner's words and I was doubly excited when I found out that Jeffrey Wright (reprising his Broadway roles), Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep will be playing multiple roles, as it was in the show. [​IMG]

    Rafael
     
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    I caught a bit of a preview for this and was interested in seeing it. Although I am a little disappointed to read that it's about gays and AIDS, etc. Not that I'm specifically anti-gay or anything like that, just that I thought it was a much more supernatural/theological story about actual angels. You know, sort of like TAKEN, only about Angels insted of Aliens.
     
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    Can someone tell me what this movie is about?
     
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    I am really looking forward to this even though I dont have HBO. I am hoping the person who said they would tape it will in fact tape it.
    I saw the first play about 5 years ago. Wonderful.

    So they are doing both plays?
     
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    This film will be shown in HD, which should be wonderful.

    Right now it is only scheduled (as far as I can tell) for the next two Sunday nights. I'm sure it will be repeated, HBO fashion, a zillion times, but it makes me nervous since I won't be able to watch it on first run and I want to see it in HD (as opposed to just Tivo'ing it).
     
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    Jeff,
    > Right now it is only scheduled (as far as I can tell) for
    > the next two Sunday nights.

    It appears that Part 1 will be rebroadcast in 3 chapters on Mon, Tue, and Wed evening of next week. HBO will probably do the same for Part 2 after the next Sunday

    Dana
     
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    Correct. HBO is also pushing this for a DVD release, obviously, in relation to it's production expenditures [​IMG]

    I admit, I personally was never a fan of the plays, which I had both some political disagreements with but more then that some stagecraft disagreements with. However, I've always considered "Angels in America" one of the best plays, easily within the top 10, of the last two decades. Despite the differences I have with the story, the plot is well devised and powerful, and it is unabashed in taking it's viewpoint to it's logical extent. Angels doesn't meander and it fulfills the same role as some of the best social commentary, sticking with it's guns and being unafraid to propose advocacy.

    I think even for those that may find the films politically disagreeable, the potential for performances as well as the craft of the story should make it very watchable. Many of the stagecraft issues that I have with the play, I'm sure, will change or be erradicated with the higher budget of HBO and the greater space then a stage. (In other words: I have always felt as though, in Angels, the stagecraft can feel very cramped on a stage and fails to properly make use of the venue in order to provide the backdrop it needed)

    It's a brave move of HBO to spend so much money on any project, really, but HBO has become well know for taking chances. Kudos to them for taking this one.
     
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