Stephen King's Carrie - Then, Now & the Coffee Shop; Vanity Fair Author, Thackery, Completes Barry Lyndon
It was on November 3, 1976, two years after this first novel by Stephen King was published, that the film version starring Sissy Spacek was released in theaters - and the rest, as they say, is history. Here is a look at Carrie, then and now, as well as the coffee-shop prank promoting the new film. Would you believe it's had 47 million hits so far - and counting?
No Fat, No Whip, No Blood Either - The Coffee Shop Prank
In 1844, three years before he began publishing his best known work, Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray, finished writing The Luck of Barry Lyndon: A Romance of the Last Century. One hundred, thirty-one years later, in 1975, Stanley Kubrick produced a film version starring Ryan O'Neal and Marissa Berenson, which may very well be one of Kubrick's best films. Some critics call it his "overlooked masterpiece."
"I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate, first came from the coast of Troy to Italy, and to Lavinian shores – hurled about endlessly by land and sea, by the will of the gods, by cruel Juno’s remorseless anger, long suffering also in war, until he founded a city and brought his gods to Latium: from that the Latin people came, the lords of Alba Longa, the walls of noble Rome. Muse, tell me the cause: how was she offended in her divinity, how was she grieved, the Queen of Heaven, to drive a man, noted for virtue, to endure such dangers, to face so many trials? Can there be such anger in the minds of the gods?" That's the first verse of Virgil's Aeneid. Could not segue to the following six-minute summary without offering this sample (translated here by A. S. Kline) as a taste of what this great story holds as myth, metaphor, poetry and story, now lodged forever in our Collective Unconscious.
Too busy to read Beyond Good and Evil, Thus Spake Zarathustra, or Twilight of the Idols? No worries. He was born on this day in 1844, and there's plenty about him on the web. Try one of the summaries on YouTube for a quick introduction.
And sure, why not add the music inspired by Nietzsche's great work. Here is Maestro Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of Saint Ceclia in Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
The star of TV's Laverne and Shirley is also a wonderful film director. Here's the trailer from her delightful movie, Big, with Tom Hanks.
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