Miss Jean Brodie Picnics

Miss Jean Brodie Picnics

According to Muriel Spark, Brodie sometimes took the girls into the Marcia Blaine school garden for a lesson. But it was a lesson and not a picnic. But Ronald Neame’s film picnic with Jean Brodie and her girls is his own invention. For the film, Neame  and...
Beach Picnic in Something’s Gotta Give

Beach Picnic in Something’s Gotta Give

Up and down romantic suds with a happy ending. Aw shucks. Featured Image: A moment of picnic levity for picnic for Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) and Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson). See: Nancy Myers. Something’s Gotta Give (2003). Screenplay by Nancy...
Terry Gilliam’s Virtual Beach Picnic in Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam’s Virtual Beach Picnic in Zero Theorem

Maybe there are others, but Gilliam’s is the only virtual picnic that I know of. Zero Theorem is Gilliam’s sardonic view of technology ruining civilization. Set in a megacity resembling an abnormally garish and chaotic carnival, a place of unremitting noise in which...
A Day’s Pleasure with Charlie Chaplin

A Day’s Pleasure with Charlie Chaplin

Though sometimes titled Charlie’s Picnic, A Day’s Pleasure was meant to be ironic because the story is a series of misfortunes: seasickness, fistfights, and a return home that ends with a fight with traffic police in a drying pile of cement.  The final screen legend...
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...
John Banville picnic in The Sea

John Banville picnic in The Sea

John Manville’s The Sea is about a man’s untrustworthy memories—less about his dying wife, and more about his sexual awakening when he was about eleven years old. Looking back, Max Morden realizes that his observations of the Grace family’s beach picnics “changed his...

   
Ron Howard’s Nerdish Picnic in A Beautiful Mind

Ron Howard’s Nerdish Picnic in A Beautiful Mind

Ron Howard’s fictional (and sentimental) A Beautiful Mind is a biography of John Nash, a Nobel Prize winning mathematician. If Nash ever picnicked, his (factual) biographer Sylvia Nasar doesn’t mention it. Undeterred, Howard invents a lovers’ picnic at which Nash...
Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Broadway audiences ignored issues of racial stereotyping in The Green Pastures, Marc Connelly’s dramatization of Roark Bradford’s Ol’ Man Adam. * How charming to see African American angels with white wings dressed in brightly colored robes preparing for their eternal...
Two Spinsters on the Beach at St. Madoc

Two Spinsters on the Beach at St. Madoc

William J. Locke’s story “Ladies in Lavender” (1916) doesn’t have a picnic. Charles Dance thought better, an in his screenplay, includes at picnic on the beach in a cove on the coast of Cornwall. The story is simple. Ursula and Janet, spinster sisters, well on in...