KVML Book Club and Slaughterhouse Five – The Movie
The first Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library book club meeting and first official KVML event was a success! I enjoyed meeting some fellow Vonnegutians as well as the interesting discussions that followed. The topic of the first meeting was Slaughterhouse Five. We watched George Roy Hill’s 1972 film adaptation of Slaughterhouse Five and discussed both the book and the film. The meeting inspired me to find out more about this adaptation.
One of the most successful film adaptations of a Vonnegut novel, Slaughterhouse Five was recognized in the film industry with several awards and award nominations. Michael Sacks received a Golden Globe nomination in the category “Most Promising Newcomer – Male” for his portrayal of Billy Pilgrim. Other nominations include the Writers Guild of America award for “Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium;” Directors Guild of America award for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures;” and Cannes Film Festival “Golden Palm Award.” The film won the Hugo Award for “Best Dramatic Presentation;” The Cannes Film Festival “Jury Prize;” and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Golden Scroll Award for “Best Science Fiction Film.”
While searching YouTube for a clip of the movie, I stumbled across several student projects involving Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse Five. It’s great to know that Vonnegut is being taught in classrooms around the country. One of my favorite videos is a student made trailer for Slaughterhouse Five. Check it out here.
I would like to extend a giant thank you to our book club leader, Sylvia Halladay, and to all who attended. You helped make the first official Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library event a success! We hope to see you at our next meeting on February 25 at 7:00. We will be discussing Player Piano.