Hogg Wild


A Polish adaptation of Scottish author James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (often abbreviated to Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which makes it sound uncomfortably like a Robin Askwith comedy) allows me to look into the unlucky cinematic history of this peculiar work, over at The Notebook in this fortnight’s edition of The Forgotten.

And at Apocalypse Now, Scout Tafoya continues the ’68 Comeback Special, our report on the abortive Cannes Film Festival of that year, with an impassioned and personal encounter with Jan Nemec’s Kafkaesque A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS. Go!

2 Responses to “Hogg Wild”

  1. I would imagine the theme of predestination and its absurdity would be very hard to put across on film, so I’m not surprised they shed it. (Now that I see this, I realize I’m a little surprised that this never became a Hammer film: doubles, bad doings, devils–what’s not to like!)

    Man, I love that weird little book.

  2. Hammer were sadly unadventurous in their choice of literary material. While it made sense for them to take stories which their audience already had a bit of familiarity with, for their smaller films I’d have liked to see them look farther afield. If you can do Cornish zombies, why not Scottish doppelgängers?

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