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page novel into a film no longer than two and
a half hours.
Inspired strokes included giving the novel’s first 100 pages “the L.A. Confidential treatment,” compressing chapters full of dense
backstory into three minutes of screen time,
as Oscar-winning director Curtis Hanson did
a decade ago with the filmed adaptation of
James Ellroy’s novel—and the careful geometry of keeping Lisbeth and Blomkvist connected, though they do not meet onscreen
until the film’s final third.
Oplev’s film is an uncompromising, nail-biting thriller, entirely contemporary, while
offering what the director refers to as “classic
Agatha Christie thrills,” as well. The film,
made for $5.5 million, has grossed $100 million in Europe, making it the most successful
Swedish film ever, and was one of 2010’s biggest imports in America.
Next Christmas, American audiences will
undoubtedly flock to David Fincher’s English-language adaptation, starring Daniel Craig
and Rooney Mara in the leading roles. And
rumor has it that Larsson left behind up to
two-thirds of a fourth Millennium novel near
completion on a personal laptop. Whether it
will see the light of day, caught as it is in a legal
quagmire between Larsson’s father, brother
and longtime girlfriend, is a mystery nearly as
grand as any from the author’s pen.
For now, readers will have to relish, as
they clearly do, the fierce and fearsome
adventures already told, and being told again
and again in every medium one can imagine.
Like Harry Potter, the Millennium series is a
story for our time. If you haven’t read it yet, or
seen it, the time is now. C
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