Gabriel GarcÃa Marquez's literary works frequently have been referred to as 'unfilmable,â?� due to the author's easy drift between nostalgia, fantasy and languid drama. MÃ¡rquez himself has mostly refused to allow his works to be filmed, fearing their essence and integrity will be irreparably harmed by the harsh glare of the lights. In 1983, he authorized a production of ErÃ©ndira which proved him right. It's taken the two decades since then to get him to sign on for a film version of his classic Love in the Time of Cholera; the Mike Newell-directed film is scheduled for release later this year. But just because 'Gaboâ?� won't give his blessings to cinematic interpretations, that hasn't stopped filmmakers from taking on his stories, with decidedly mixed results. Many film productions of MÃ¡rquez stories appear on Latin American television; the three half-hour pieces gathered on Don't Fool With Love all were created for Mexican TV in the early '90s. While it's predictable that the more melodramatic angles were played up for the telenovela crowds, it's truly shocking how thin, simplistic and unsatisfying this trio is. While Cuban director TomÃ¡s Gutierrez Alea fares moderately well with Far Apart, the Mexican lensmen responsible for Saturday Night Thief (JosÃ© Luis GarcÃa Agraz) and The Two Way Mirror (Carlos GarcÃa Agraz) get way too caught up in trying to make the story's more fantastic elements jibe with the romance at their core. The results are muddled and clumsy and, when combined with the on-the-cheap production qualities, make for a shocking disservice to MÃ¡rquez's work.
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