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Trailers from Hell: Marshall Harvey on Genre-Bending Vonnegut Adaptation 'Slaughterhouse Five'

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by Trailers From Hell
November 18, 2013 2:18 PM
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George Roy Hill's "Slaughterhouse Five"

All This and World War II! kicks off at Trailers from Hell this week, with editor Marshall Harvey introducing George Roy Hill's 1972 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five."

Long considered to be unfilmable, Vonnegut’s time-tripping 1969 novel was tamed for the screen by writer Stephen Geller and director Hill, who captured the essence of the book without being entirely faithful to it. Vonnegut said he would “drool and cackle” each time he watched the film, which he was very pleased with. War weary POW Billy Pilgrim is buffeted through time, including the bombing of Dresden, as he randomly relives his life as a zoo exhibit on the planet Trafalmador. Is that enough genre switching for you?

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