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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2013 at 2:18PM

All This and World War II! kicks off at Trailers from Hell this week, with editor Marshall Harvey introducing George Roy Hill's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five."
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George Roy Hill's "Slaughterhouse Five"
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.