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The Fountain Paperback – October 4, 2006

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When his plans for the ambitious, millennia--spanning fantasy film The Fountain were derailed, Pi and Requiem for a Dream directorAronofsky recast the story as a graphic novel, and although the movie was subsequently revived (starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz; it's due out later this year), the comics version stayed on track. Its three parallel stories, set in sixteenth-century Central America, the present day, and the distant future, respectively, depict the same man as a conquistador, a scientist, and an interplanetary explorer, always trying to prevent the death of the woman he desperately loves. Aronofsky's epic boldly blends mysticism and science, which coalesce in the hero's discovery of the mythical Tree of Life. Williams' lush, painted artwork, stylistically and narratologically reminiscent of Sandman illustrator Dave McKean's work, perfectly matches the script's passion and challenging abstruseness. Not simply an adaptation of the movie--the screenplay that is its basis being significantly altered when the film project was revived--the lavish, oversize graphic novel ought to be fascinating to compare with the released movie. Gordon Flagg
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"A powerful fable about love and addiction..." - New York Post" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401200583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401200589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.5 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Okay, so this arrived at my doorstep and wasn't what I expected. It's NOT the graphic novel that apparently preceded the film, as described by Amazon's blurb. Instead it's a lovely book of images from the film, and a copy of the film's script. Now I need to order the actual graphic novel, but I'm really glad I have this too! It's just the coffee table art book I've been waiting for, and a great reminder of the film's visual beauty.

(By the way, the same reviews are appearing under both books. I don't know what that's all about. I'm going to try ordering the graphic novel and hope I receive the right thing!)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The hardcover ISBN 0789314959 is instead a collections of imagery from the movie with a separate screenplay enclosed in a booklet in the back. Be aware when you order this.
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Format: Hardcover
Having originally missed The Fountain when it made its short theatrical presentation, I finally got a chance to see it, and after which I was compelled to do two things:

1.) Upgrade to the Blu-ray version, as this was a movie that deserved to be watched in the highest definition possible - not only is the story compelling but the cinematography is beautiful.

2.) Read the graphic novel that Aronofsky had adapted his screenplay into after his initial effort to get the movie made fell through.

Having said this you might be wondering why I'm writing a review for this item, as getting a 'picture book' wasn't part of one of those two things I was compelled to do. The answer to this question is, after briefly reading through the product description it was my understanding that this was a hardbound rerelease of the graphic novel to complement the movie. It was my surprise then, when I got my brown box from Amazon and removed the shrink wrapping from the contents within, that I found not a graphic novel but a book filled with stills from the movie. Initially I was distraught, as I had just paid $20 for the wrong book, and my first instinct was to return the item.

Having settled down a bit, I decided to give the book a chance and slowly thumbed through it. From the first few pages I found myself drawn into the artistically render adaptations of stills from the movie. The photographs in this book do a wonderful job of visually representing the thematic elements of the movie, and are simply gorgeous to look at. Never having seen this movie, one could pick up this book and find sunken into every page pictorial representations of the emotional context that made The Fountain so wonderfully appealing.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Aronofsky's films and have been following the production of "The Fountain" since the beginning. I'm sure the endless delays will have been forth it after reading Kent Williams' comic adaptation of the script though.

I don't want to give anything away, because that would take away the joy of discovery. I'll simply say that it's a powerfully written, and exceedingly psychedelic story about love, death, and eternal life.

The art is wonderful. Broad water color looking strokes over sketches combined with at least two other styles of illustration. Very fitting for the story. Each section has its own visual continuity that can suddenly shift to reflect the mood. It's really quite an achievement. I paid well over what amazon is charging and I don't feel ripped off at all. It really is great.

If you have any love of good, powerful, character/idea driven science fiction I suggest you give this a shot. Yes, it's a graphic novel. Even if you're not versed in the particular vernacular of reading comics you'll still find much to love here. Something about the panel layout makes it feel more like a movie than any book I've read before. Go forth! Buy!
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This is an excellent art book (published by RIZZOLI) and companion piece to the movie! It is like looking at photographic essays of some of the most compelling scenes and close-ups from the film. It is meant to stimulate artistic reactions and it succeeds very well in doing that. You can place this on your coffee table and it will certainly encourage discussions of the movie, Hugh, Rachel, and even the artbook quality of this publication.

I also found the inclusion of the screenplay very useful in understanding and appreciating the movie. I have read and re-read parts together and it allowed me to recheck "facts" and the backgrounds from which the scenes emanate, which I missed from the fast-moving movie scenes ( even if the movie is not extraordinarily fast-paced), plus I have enjoyed the moments of reflection and introspection better.

I loved the movie and I think this book makes the experience even more exhilarating.
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Format: Hardcover
I first read through the story, and simply scratched my head and said "Well, that was a good read." There was no more to it than that- I simply enjoyed the time I had just spent with the story, which spans centuries as though they were minutes, and nothing more. I was done with the story.

But the story wasn't done with me.

The ancient New World. . . the modern day, swathed in blues and oranges and other colors. . . the future, abstract and an amazing sight, with ghosts and dying stars abound; all these images stuck with me, haunting my waking eyes. Kent Williams has painted a dream, and the story sticks with you like a pleasant dream with echoes of pain in it as well. And in many instances, the images are works of art- the splash pages near the end, or the cover art are what proves it for me.

As far as the story goes, Aronofsky has written a beautiful and revelatory story about life and love and death itself. Many of these facets are not immediately apparent on the first reading, but with subsequent readings it becomes more and more apparent; there are so many levels working here that it takes time to process them all.

While the price of the book may discourage some, and the mere fact that this is a "graphic novel" by definition, if you are considering buying this then please give it a chance. After the first go around, you may not be immediately impressed. But give it a night or two, and I promise you that the story will resonate within you, thus justifying you purchase.

Deserves the 5 stars easily.
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