Inspiration notes for Remain in Light

The Double Life of Veronique
Here are some of the books, films and music that have not only inspired the writing of Remain in Light but also get a hat-tip in the story itself:

Orlando - The film of Virginia Woolf's novel directed by Sally Potter

Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll

The Double Life of Véronique - The film directed by Krzysztof Kieslowki starring Irène Jacob

Time Regained - Marcel Proust

Until the End of the World - The film directed by Wim Wenders

Cleo from 5 to 7 - The film directed by Agnès Varda

Breathless - The film directed by Jean-Luc Godard

The Dreamers - The film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Elevator to the Gallows - The film directed by Louis Malle, soundtrack by Miles Davis

The Portrait of a Lady - The novel by Henry James & film directed by Jane Campion

Something that got cut: A character cut from the novel was Dr. Juliette Lacombe, who was Martin's psychiatrist. I had written long, involved scenes with her, but ultimately she was one character too many and Martin isn't ready for more couch time. Her name is a hat-tip to Dr. Lacombe, played by Francois Truffaut, in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I had actually thrown in a slight reference that she might actually be that Lacombe's daughter. Maybe she'll reappear in the third book.


I love the way films are inspirations for your writing. I love Potter's ORLANDO...I showed it in my film class last year.

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