‘Painted’ praise for Maugham film

Author's grandson calls adaptation a 'triumph'

John Curran‘s period piece “The Painted Veil” may have traveled an arduous road to the bigscreen, and its kudos prospects are still shaping up, but the film has gotten a key endorsement — from the estate of W. Somerset Maugham, on whose book the pic was based.

In a cheery letter to the producers of “Veil,” the author’s grandson Julian Hope praises the perfs of Edward Norton and Naomi Watts and says he’s sure everyone in his family would agree the film is “simply a triumph.”

The jury’s still out on whether “Veil” will generate major kudos attention. Some worry it was released too late in the game.

But the delay was a necessary one, as Warner China Film had to work closely during the editing process with the Chinese government, which allowed the film to be shot in that country.

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