On F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday, the Amazing Last Lines of The Great Gatsby Read by Morgan Freeman (not)
None of the movie versions would do for what I want to share here. It's about the language. Not the pictures on the screen but the words on the page and what they evoke in the silent company of the soul. No one channeled the Muse like Fitzgerald. And though the Morgan Freeman in this reading is an impersonator, there is nothing fake about this beautiful ending to one of the great novels of American literature.
Today is also the birthday of Pedro Almodovar, who won an Oscar for the film we English-speaking Americans refer to as "All About My Mother." Here are some scenes that explain why he won.
And last but not least in today's trio of birthdays, the amazing Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, born this day in 1936. Here they are performing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
TAGS: Writers & Writing, Famous Birthdays
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