I thought the T3M storyline in the book was pretty silly really and didn't miss it in the film. I also thought there were too many literary references and agree with the points that have been made about that. But I like Lucas Corso immensely. He is a pretty fascinating character. And after all, the book has led to some very thought-provoking discussion here. I'm very glad it was chosen. Thanks Liz and DIDHOT, and for your questions.
I am very fond of the film. It sparked off an interest for me in film noir. I did a lot of research about that and then took the film apart screen cap by screen cap. I learned a lot from that and still have a passionate interest in seeing it in other films. So, I have to be grateful to Polanski for that inspiration. I also love Johnny in the role. I think the film is quite funny in places. I like the "I'll be damned" line sitting in front of the fire at Fargas's house when he first realises the engravings don't match. But I agree with fansmo also about the humour not being appropriate at times.
Silly bits: for me, the girl flying. Too obvious. I've also never liked the scene where Balkan interrupts the secret society, but I doubt I can justify why.
Nebraska, I like yoir interpretation of the sex scene. I think you make an excellent point there.
Is the girl the devil in the film? IMO Yes. It'll be interesting to see how the vote turns out.
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