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.
What it Means to Be Alive
Thomas Wolfe: You of all people, just so damn scared to live!
Maxwell Perkins: There are other ways to live! God help anyone who loves you, Tom, cause for all your millions of beautiful words, you haven't the slightest idea of what it means to be alive.
What We Editors Lose Sleep Over
Thomas Wolfe: Max thinks he created me. He crippled me! He deformed my work!
F. Scott Fitzgerald: He made all your dreams come true. He gave you a career.
Maxwell Perkins: That's what we editors lose sleep over, you know. Are you really making books better or just making them different?
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?
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.
The Book's Only 100 Pages Shorter
Maxwell Perkins: Two years and the book's only 100 pages shorter.
Thomas Wolfe: I bring you stuff rich, ripe from by gut. You wouldn't do this to Hemingway, to Fitzgerald.
Maxwell Perkins: Stop it!