Revolutionary Road is an upcoming drama movie directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It is a movie adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates. The film should be release in late December 2008.
Here below the first official trailer of Revolutionary Road:
How do you break free
without breaking apart
Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet
"Set in 1955, the plot focuses on the hopes and aspirations of Frank and April Wheeler, self-assured Connecticut suburbanites who see themselves as very different from their neighbors in the Revolutionary Hill Estates. April is an aspiring actress who yearns to move to Paris, while Frank copes with toiling away at a corporate job he despises by drinking too heavily and engaging in an affair with a co-worker. The couple's marriage slowly dissolves into an endless cycle of bitter arguments and jealous recriminations." (Source: Wikipedia)
Yates once said about his central theme:
In Boston Review (October 1999)
So judging from this Revolutionary Road trailer I think the movie does respect the spirit of Yates' novels. Director Sam Mendes has indeed made a great work in directing his talented cast: the result is a movie that gives real life to its characters.
If I may slightly change Writer Alfred Kazin's words about Yates' book, I would say that Revolutionary Road is a powerful movie on the way people lived in the 1950's.
By the way, in case you're wondering about the soundtrack of this Revolutionary Road trailer: the main song is "Wild in the wind" by Nina Simone.