Depp and Paradis on screen for romance
There are times I forget that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis (remember Joe le taxi?) are a couple and have been for a long time, and that’s a good thing in this private life intrusive world of show business, however we’re about to see them together on screen playing lovers.
The film is called My American Lover and is based on a true story of French feminist and thinker Simone de Beauvoir and American novelist Nelson Algren who had a relationship in the 1940’s which was chronicled in the collection of letters between the two.
Simone de Beauvoir met Nelson Algren in Chicago in February 1947, when a mutual friend arranged for him to serve as her tour guide for two days. The attraction was immediate, and within two months they were in love. Because Algren was so alien to de Beauvoir's world, she spent time describing events and people to him she might otherwise have taken for granted. The result is that de Beauvoir's 300 surviving letters to Algren are unusually rich in detail--love letters with a conscious undercurrent of French social history. Translated and annotated by Kate Leblanc, they offer amusing insights into postwar Parisian life and characters, delivered with the charm of the nonnative writer.
In one letter, de Beauvoir sums up Albert Camus as "an interesting but difficult guy. When he was not pleased with the book he was writing, he was very arrogant; now, he has got a rather great success and he has become very modest and sincere." She coolly describes a dinner party where she witnessed the separation of the apexes of mind and body: "Sartre was alone in a corner, eating sadly some corned-beef, and I sat in front of Rita Hayworth, trying to speak to her, and looking at her beautiful shoulders and breasts which could have made so many men crazy but which were so useless for me." This is essential reading for devotees of the Paris literary scene and other literary romantics.
Apparently it was Simone de Beauvoir who wrote the letters to Nelson Algren, and the novel misses letters in return.
Simone de Beauvoir was, according to Wikipedia, a French writer, existentialist philosopher, feminist, and social theorist who wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and is most known for her metaphysical novels. Nelson Algren was an American novelist and short story writer.
The story from BangShowbiz through The Playlist and Empire tells us that Lasse Hallstrom will direct Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp in the film, he has What's Eating Gilbert Grape, the terribly boring The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, The Hoax and is directing The Danish Girl and Anthony Zimmer.
That’s a fair bundle of strong films behind him, so there’s little doubt he can direct the film, there’s no word on the writer, or if the film will focus mainly on Paradis with Depp taking a back role, as the letters themselves show.