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"To hell again and back."

George Kennedy is dead. He appeared in very many of my favorite films, but, for me, his role as Dragline in Cool Hand Luke, (dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1967) will always be the quintessential George Kennedy performance.

Probably my best nights sleep in weeks last night. I may have gotten seven hours, and without Seroquel. I awoke to sun and a cooler day. Currently, it's 39˚F.

And March.

So, I've agreed to teach a "craft intensive" session at the upcoming 2016 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference at the University of Rhode Island in June. I'm going to speak on "Authenticity, Immersion, and Character in Fantasy and Science Fiction." It was left entirely up to me, what the subject of my session would be, and after a couple of hours discussion with Kathryn yesterday, that's what I arrived at.

Today, I have to write the text for the Patreon page. We're going to try to go live tomorrow. And tomorrow – or Thursday – I need to get to work on "Objects in the Mirror" for the Subterranean Press book of short stories based on Dave McKean paintings.

It's an understatement to say that I'll be anxious all day. But I do believe that Clinton will carry the day, in part because she'll win most or all of the Southern states. Still, until I see the results, I'll be anxious. As for the GOP primaries, to quote Jeff VanderMeer, "Today Republicans find out what's in the pod. Will it be a terrible thing, a terrible thing, or a terrible thing."

Last night we watched Charles Laughton's brilliant 1953 adaptation of Davis Grubb's novel Night of the Hunter (1955). Few films were such powerful formative influences on my fiction. Watching it again last night, I was struck by the irony that the last great example of German Expressionist film was shot in the San Fernando Valley. I also count it as one of the finest werewolf tales ever told.

Now, I should try to wake up.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Mar. 1st, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
his role as Dragline in Cool Hand Luke, (dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1967) will always be the quintessential George Kennedy performance.

I think that's my favourite role for him too. I love that they had such a collection of actors whose mannerisms or facial features were so distinct in a film outdoors with a lot of raw, sweaty, high contrast colour. Kennedy contributes to a sense of the normal weirdness of this humanity. Though I've watched Charade more times.

"Authenticity, Immersion, and Character in Fantasy and Science Fiction."

Nice. Sounds like fertile territory.

Last night we watched Charles Laughton's brilliant 1953 adaptation of Davis Grubb's novel Night of the Hunter (1955). Few films were such powerful formative influences on my fiction.

It's such a shame that Laughton was discouraged from directing any other films.

Watching it again last night, I was struck by the irony that the last great example of German Expressionist film was shot in the San Fernando Valley.

I might make an argument for Shock Corridor but Night of the Hunter is certainly much better written. I suppose you're talking about very pure examples with trick perspective shots and deliberately artificial environments rather than the German Expressionist styles of camera work that was still pretty vital at the time and for some time after.
WillGrabowski
Mar. 2nd, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
Night of the Hunter
Most of that superb film was shot a few miles from where I now live in McMechen, WV. Grubb himself lived for a while in Moundsville. Sam Shepard was here a few years ago filming in the old penitentiary.
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