Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday's Weekly Round-Up 19

So, more On The Road movie updates. It seems now almost certain that the movie will have a Fall 2011/early 2012 debut, not a Cannes May 2011 unveiling, as had first been thought. Similarly, director Walter Salles’ original vision of a film solely in black-and-white, something, according to Indiewire, he had “valiantly campaigned for”, seems to have been jettisoned for a full-color movie. Jose Rivera, the screenwriter, let slip on Canadian television, shortly after the wrap-up in shooting, at the end of last year, that, “there’s a lot of the original book still in the screenplay, still in the film”, “but also I brought in lots of other things, like there’s a lot of poems of Ginsberg (sic), there’s material from Bill Burroughs, there’s stuff from Neal Cassady..” Rivera’s is far from the only hand: “Before I got involved there were at least eight different screenwriters involved in On The Road including Francis Ford Coppola.. and Francis’ son Roman Coppola also wrote drafts.. ”Rivera tells City tv. The full interview can be seen again here.

Meanwhile, over at NYU - "James Franco To Teach Class At NYU" - "This year's Academy Awards co-host will offer a third-year graduate class on adapting poetry into short films at the Tisch School of the Arts", the Hollywood Reporter reports.

So there's the movies and there's the real world. Poet Tom Clark has always been firmly located in the latter. Beyond the Pale (sic), his unique and extraordinary blog, juxtaposes carefully selected and always stunning visual imagery with equally carefully chosen and always provocative poetry texts (refreshed and renewed every night). Of late, he's been following the on-going horrors in Japan with a typically unflinching eye. In this post here, he "illustrates" Allen's "Plutonian Ode".

Remember the Allen tattoo ? - Well, here's another one.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to Allen's great prophetic poem, the terrible and profound message of which unfortunately seems to have eluded the human race... at the potential grave cost of that race.

    Lately there has been some effort on the part of government, industry and media to downplay if not dismiss the dangers of plutonium. That's both economically convenient and all too easy, in an ad hominem way, for this deadly stuff is invisible, can't be smelt nor tasted, can slip through every crack and in fact will be leaving its deadly mark on the living and on the planet long after the greedy power company operators who have continued to exploit it are forgot.

    The Ode is a visionary and rhapsodic work, but also a deeply moral one, and that central purpose shines out more then ever now, even brighter than the reported intermittent lights of evil "criticality" now flashing from the deranged workings of those reactors -- nothing but oversized erector sets jammed with lethal contaminants -- designed for and sold to our good Japanese friends and neighbours by that great American philanthropic institution, GE.