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    Default Perfume: story of a murderer

    Any of you ever read this book? I'm reading it currently and it's honestly a great book. Fictional but very informative. I instantly thought of all the people of BN when I started to read it. If any of you are into reading I'd suggest checking it out!

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    Don't know about it, but will seek more info. Thanks.

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    Is the author Patrick Susskind ? If so a feature film has been made of it.
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    Default Re: Perfume: story of a murderer

    I've seen the film adaptation, starring the amazing Ben Whishaw. It's a gorgeous production and a fascinating story. Utterly implausible/impossible, it's a fantasy story very much worth watching.

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    Yea the author is Patrick susskind. I would suggest reading the book before the movie. I always enjoy the books to the movies of books.

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    What's the name of the film? I don't have patience to go through the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgoc View Post
    What's the name of the film? I don't have patience to go through the books.
    The same.

    Really enjoyed it too. Lush and lavish, Ben Whishaw is great, so too is Alan Rickman. If you like redheads you'll enjoy it too.
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    The film is called , surprisingly ," Perfume :The story of a murderer" , it is an fantastic film , wonderful soundtrack too . It was years in the making as it was thought to be totally unfilmable despite being an amazing story , but manages to convey the sense of scent very well , highly recommend it !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickS1169 View Post
    Yea the author is Patrick susskind. I would suggest reading the book before the movie. I always enjoy the books to the movies of books.
    I agree, books set one's fantasy free, whereas movies dictate. I did enjoy the film though. I thought it was technically very well executed.
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    Ok, I blind bought the perfume as I do with perfumes. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickS1169 View Post
    Yea the author is Patrick susskind. I would suggest reading the book before the movie. I always enjoy the books to the movies of books.
    Yes, spot on; it is a wonderful story. The protagonist certainly would have made some interesting comments on bn nowadays.

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    Anyone who loves fragrances I feel like would enjoy the book. Just a thought!

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    Guess I'll have to blindbuy the book.

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    Yep. Great book and film. My avatar is a screenshot from the movie.

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    Not sure about the book but the movie is quite interesting.....the performance of a lifetime for Ben Wishsaw.
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    I saw the movie and it was not to my taste. I liked the scenes of the perfumery, but did not like the storyline.
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    I've seen the movie with the same title. Its a great movie with the career best performance by Ben Wishsaw.
    Never came across the book but I'll definitely get it if I ever do.
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    Default Re: Perfume: story of a murderer

    The book is worth reading for sure! A fairy tale, complete with the macabre that is a part of so many fairy tales.

    I have the movie, too, but to be honest I thought the book was better. It's been around for several decades so probably your library system has it, if you don't want to buy.



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    I've had the book for over 10 years, so it isn't a new book. In the film, I felt that Hoffman was a bad choice for Baldini.
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    As long as the movie isn't a reformulation of the book!

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    The book is a classic, I read it way back in the 1980s. Truth be told it is really the story of a serial killer trying to discover and create the perfect fragrance. He is born with no natural smell, totally blank.
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    Very nice, classic book. The movie was just ok, I thought. Too many stars, too many odd accents. Still, the scenes in which he tried to preserve the ladies' scents were quite creepy/sexy lol.

    I've had the book for over 10 years, so it isn't a new book. In the film, I felt that Hoffman was a bad choice for Baldini.
    Agree. I like him but not in this. I wished the movie had been more like say The Name of the Rose. Also the accent of Grenouille grated on my ears.
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    A friend bought me the film as a gift when she found out I was into fragrances. Amazing film. Will be reading the book next. I wonder if the perfume that Jean-Baptiste perfected would have been designer or niche?

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    I read it as a highschool assignment years ago and found it, frankly, better than the film.

    At any rate, partly kidding, partly seriously, I'd actually be interested (not that I have any official info on this so far) if there will ever be released any fragrances, capturing the bewildering variety of both pleasant and unpleasant scents extensively described in this novel.

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    An enjoyable read indeed. I have yet to watch the film though out of fear it may not live up to the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    As long as the movie isn't a reformulation of the book!
    Oh but it is - and dumbed down mercilessly. It would have taken Kubrick to translate this highly philosophical meditation into film (somewhere between Barry Lyndon and Shining).

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    Ok well here's to the power of BN - watched the movie today after reading this thread!

    I don't doubt that the book would be better than the film, but not having read the book, the movie was quite entertaining. One of the final scenes, when he wafts his handkerchief to the crowd was a bit silly, and I'm sure the book version would have made it somewhat less silly.

    What a cool concept though - to be able to capture the scent of the one you love and preserve it - I like to think that killing them would make it a bit skanky - so let's keep everything alive then! Gosh when I get settled in my next relationship........

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    ^^^^ spoiler alert
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    I read it and also watched the movie twice. Actually, I enjoyed the movie more than the book, which is very unusual.

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    I read it as a highschool assignment years ago and found it, frankly, better than the film.

    At any rate, partly kidding, partly seriously, I'd actually be interested (not that I have any official info on this so far) if there will ever be released any fragrances, capturing the bewildering variety of both pleasant and unpleasant scents extensively described in this novel.
    Thierry Mugler came up with a limited edition of the fragrances described in the movie. And I remember that I read an article on this, and people who went to see the movie at the cinema were given blotters sprayed with the fragrances so they can sniff them during the movie.
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