Up, a Lovers’ Picnic

Up, a Lovers’ Picnic

Newlyweds, Carl and Ellie dream of their future at a picnic. Walking out into the countryside, Karl and Ellie spread a picnic on the grass and dream of a family. Ellie looks up and sees clouds. Of course, their romantic dreams are never fulfilled. They grow old 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...
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...
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...
Giles Price’s Katmandu

Giles Price’s Katmandu

In the aftermath of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, residents of Katmandu camped out in the open. At a glance, Giles Price’s photograph seems to be a picnic. It is not. It’s a small segment of the chaos of disaster on what would otherwise be a glorious day. The...
Nasar’s Beautiful Mind

Nasar’s Beautiful Mind

Sylvia Nasar’s biography, A Beautiful Mind (1998), does not have evidence of a picnic in the woods during John Nash’s courtship of Alicia Lande. Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman, the screenplay writers, thought otherwise. So they created a standard picnic on the grass on...
Frear’s The Queen at Balmoral

Frear’s The Queen at Balmoral

According to Stephen Frears and Peter Moran, this hunt picnic at Balmoral Castle,is a key episode in their film The Queen (2007) in which the Queen and her family try to mitigate the grief and notoriety resulting from the death of Princess Diana. Deep in thought,...