Perhaps the shortest film picnic in Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Perhaps the shortest film picnic in Goodbye, Mr. Chips

James Hilton’s romantic Goodbye, Mr. Chips describes the courtship of Chip and Katherine as being so brief that within a week of meeting “they were head over heels in love” and married soon after. This is not what a filmmaker wants in a romantic tale. The consequence...
Picnics at Mandalay

Picnics at Mandalay

When the second Mrs. de Winter begins her narrative, she implies that life at Mandalay was no picnic for her. “Last night I dreamt I went to Mandalay again, she says. “It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter,...
P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh Picnics

P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh Picnics

Adam Dalgliesh takes a break during murder investigation for a picnic. An hour south of Salisbury near Lulworth Cove, he stops. ” There was an out of rocks and he sat with one at his back and gazed out over the coppices to the wide blue stretch of the Channel....
The Princess Bride Poison Picnic

The Princess Bride Poison Picnic

Rob Reiner is faithful to William Goldman’s novel The Princess Bride , the screenplay of which is Goldman’s.  “Indeed,” he writes in the novel, Vizzini “had set out a little picnic spread. From the knapsack that he always carried, he had taken a small handkerchief,...
Günter Grass’ Barbaric Picnic in The Flounder

Günter Grass’ Barbaric Picnic in The Flounder

Grass’ unconventional picnic in The Flounder (1977) is among the worst. Not only does Grass mock the accepted idea of a picnic but in doing so turns Greek mythology topsy-turvy. It’s an episode in which the key figure is Sybille, aka Billie, a name that is a variation...
Frankenstein’s only Picnic

Frankenstein’s only Picnic

James whale’s  picnic is among the most sparkling and campy picnics. It’s humor ,intended or not is obvious. For me, it’s among the best in film or elsewhere. A must see. When she a picnicked on Montanvert overlooking the Mer de Glace during a European...
Virginia Woolf’s picnic on Monte Rosa (The Voyage Out)

Virginia Woolf’s picnic on Monte Rosa (The Voyage Out)

Woolf’s picnic on the summit of Monte Rosa, a fictional place in South America, is the high point (pun intended) of The Voyage Out (1915). Journeying on donkeys walking in single file, the narrator creates the image of “a jointed caterpillar, tufted with the white...
Calvin Trillin’s In-Flight Gourmand Picnic

Calvin Trillin’s In-Flight Gourmand Picnic

Trillin’s joke about his “no-frills picnic” while en route from New York to Miami is a tongue-in-cheek report of the consequences of his wife Alice’s frugality that he calls “Law of Compensatory Cashflow.” Because Trillin always (almost) defers to Alice’s superior...
Edna Ferber’s Barbacoa Picnic

Edna Ferber’s Barbacoa Picnic

Giant is Ferber’s novel about how a Virginia belle, Leslie Lynnton, learns to be a Texan. Among her lessons is what to eat during a Texas-style picnic at her husband Reata,  Jordan’s ranch. At first, Leslie realizes that what she is looking at is “no ordinary picnic...
Mynherr Pieter Peeperkorn’s Picnic in The Magic Mountain

Mynherr Pieter Peeperkorn’s Picnic in The Magic Mountain

Imagine a man of dominant personality, Peeperkorn, standing before a raging waterfall telling his friends of his impending suicide. Imagine, too, that no one can hear him over the chaotic rumbling of the water. one of the friends, Ludovico Settemmbrini, who had often...