Genius movie quotes tell the story of when writer Thomas Wolfe was given his shot at success by book editor Maxwell Perkins. The biographical drama was directed by Michael Grandage using a screenplay John Logan adapted from the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg. Genius opened in theaters on June 10, 2016.
In Genius, writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) arrives in the New York office of book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), who had previously worked with Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), expecting Perkins to reject his book, Look Homeward, Angel. But to Wolfe's surprise, Perkins wanted to inform Wolfe that the book would be published.
What follows is perhaps a bromance between Wolfe and Perkins as the two spent more time with each other, including trying to edit a 5,000-page take on America that Wolfe had written, than they spend with their significant others (Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney), something that impacts all of them in ways they never expected.Genius opened in theaters with other great summer 2016 films including Now You See Me 2, Me Before You, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
I Never Really Had a Friend
Thomas Wolfe: All my life, until I met you, I never really had a friend.Despite strict orders to add no new pages, Thomas arrives to inform Maxwell that he must add another page. Once Maxwell learns what this page will say, he thinks he can allow it.
Thomas Wolfe: There's one paragraph I have to add to the book.
Maxwell Perkins: My god, if you start adding paragraphs, we're sunk.
Thomas Wolfe: This book is dedicated to Maxwell Evarts Perkins. The author hopes this book will prove worthy of him.Should this be higher or lower?
The Book's Only 100 Pages ShorterPhoto: Summit Entertainment
Maxwell Perkins: Two years and the book's only 100 pages shorter.Thomas and Maxwell have a difference of opinion about the future of Thomas's next book. Thomas sees it as exceptional and feels Maxwell's criticism is unfair.
Thomas Wolfe: I bring you stuff rich, ripe from by gut. You wouldn't do this to Hemingway, to Fitzgerald.
Maxwell Perkins: Stop it!Should this be higher or lower?
Will Anyone Care About Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe: I'm mighty glad to see you, Scott. I'm rambling around for months now. Haven't had anyone to talk to about work.Thomas Wolfe sits down with fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald to talk about their legacies. But as Fitzgerald states about The Great Gatsby, legacy doesn't always result in earnings.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Ugh, work
Thomas Wolfe: I mean, who better to talk to, the man who created something immortal. More and more I trouble myself with that, the legacy. Will anyone care about Thomas Wolfe in 100 years? 10 years?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: When I was young I asked myself that question everyday. Now I ask myself, 'Can I write one good sentence?'
Thomas Wolfe: How can you say that? Don't you want to be remembered?
F. Scott Fitzgerald: This side of paradise has just put out a print for the first time in 18 years. Gatsby will go next.
Thomas Wolfe: That will never happen!
F. Scott Fitzgerald: You know how much I made on royalties on Gatsby last year? Two dollars and 13 cents. I don't mind. I'm working now.Should this be higher or lower?
I've Lost Him, to Your Husband
Aline Bernstein: You've been working every night for two years. Do you have any idea what it's like coming home to an empty apartment every night?Both spouses/partners of Thomas and Maxwell are feeling the pain that their men are spending more time with each other than at home with the family. Aline and Louise try to talk them out of it, but are not exactly successful.
Aline Bernstein: I've lost him, to your husband.
Louise Sanders: Your daughters, they want their father back.
Maxwell Perkins: My job is what I do... A writer like Tom, I get one in a lifetime.
Louise Sanders: You get your daughters for the same lifetime.Should this be higher or lower?