On a serene street lined with stately homes, two futuristic fascists stand guard in navy blue uniforms. While across the road the wintry panorama resembles a Wyeth landscape, on this stretch the view is marred not only by these anachronistic sentries but by a machine gun mounted on sandbags as well. Nearby, a red octagon bears the image of an outstretched white hand: a stop sign for the illiterate. A film crew has transformed this bucolic patch of Durham into the Republic of Gilead, the turbulent theocracy envisioned by Margaret Atwood in her controversial, critically acclaimed novel ''The Handmaid's Tale. A favorite maxim of the fundamentalist regime is: ''Our big mistake was teaching them to read. We won't do that again.
We need to talk about what happened with 'The Handmaid's Tale' movie
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Find out what movies Jim Gaffigan , Linda Hamilton , and more are watching during the holidays. Watch now. Title: The Handmaid's Tale Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
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Latest Issue. Past Issues. The book has been adapted into plays , and even an opera. In many ways, the movie adaptation was ill-fated from the start, even with the wide acclaim the book had received. In , Atwood sold the rights to the producer Daniel Wilson, partly because Wilson had tapped Pinter and the director Karel Reisz to lead the project.