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Page and Screen - Libraries vs. Cinemas in Fahrenheit 451

14 July 2011 12:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Liam Trim with the latest edition of 'Page and Screen'...

In 1966 England won the World Cup. And firemen stopped putting out flames with water, to start them with kerosene to burn books.

Francois Truffaut’s film version of Ray Bradbury’s classic 20th century novel Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1966. It starred Julie Christie in a dual role and Oskar Werner as main character Montag. According to IMDb, Truffaut wanted Terence Stamp for the lead role but the British screen legend was uneasy about being overshadowed by his former lover Christie. Truffaut and Werner, with his thick Austrian accent on an English production, had fiery differences about the film’s interpretation of Montag’s character. It’s not surprising that there was passion on set because there was a great deal within the pages of the book.

Bradbury’s book is the tale of Montag, a fireman whose job it is to burn books. »

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Wilhelm Reich: the man who invented free love

8 July 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jd Salinger, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer were all devotees of the orgone energy accumulator, nicknamed by Woody Allen the 'Orgasmatron'. Its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, claimed that better orgasms could cure society's ills

When Wilhelm Reich, the most brilliant of the second generation of psychoanalysts who had been Freud's pupils, arrived in New York in August 1939, only a few days before the outbreak of war, he was optimistic that his ideas fusing sex and politics would be better received there than they had been in fascist Europe. Despite its veneer of puritanism, America was a country already much preoccupied with sex – as Alfred Kinsey's renowned investigations, which he had begun the year before, were to show. However, it was only after the second world war that the idea of sexual liberation would permeate the culture at large. Reich could be said to have invented this "sexual revolution"; a Marxist analyst, »

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Wilhelm Reich: the man who invented free love

7 July 2011 5:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jd Salinger, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer were all devotees of the orgone energy accumulator, nicknamed by Woody Allen the 'Orgasmatron'. Its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, claimed that better orgasms could cure society's ills

When Wilhelm Reich, the most brilliant of the second generation of psychoanalysts who had been Freud's pupils, arrived in New York in August 1939, only a few days before the outbreak of war, he was optimistic that his ideas fusing sex and politics would be better received there than they had been in fascist Europe. Despite its veneer of puritanism, America was a country already much preoccupied with sex – as Alfred Kinsey's renowned investigations, which he had begun the year before, were to show. However, it was only after the second world war that the idea of sexual liberation would permeate the culture at large. Reich could be said to have invented this "sexual revolution"; a Marxist analyst, »

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Ridley Scott Heads To "Reykjavik"

18 May 2011 5:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

He was linked a while back, now it has been confirmed that Ridley Scott has signed on to direct the political drama "Reykjavik" for Headline Pictures, Participant Media and his own Scott Free Productions says Screen Daily.

The story is based on the 1986 Reykjavik summit between American President Ronald Reagan and Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev, which lead to the end of the Cold War. Kevin Hood is writing the script.

The big question is when will Scott make the film - he's currently shooting "Prometheus" and has been linked as potential director of a Gertrude Bell biopic, the mobster drama "The Kind One", adaptations of the novels "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman, and a film based on the Monopoly board game.

He's also set to serve as a producer on up to two dozen films and TV series over the next four years. »

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Print to Projector: Brave New World

19 February 2011 9:50 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As the only literate Reject, it’s my duty to find the latest, the greatest and the untouched classics that would make great source material for film adaptations. I read so you don’t have to. “Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.” I have no idea what a bumblepuppy is, but Neil Postman was right to point out that while Orwell (and especially his “1984″) cautioned against tyrannical thought-police shoving rats in our faces to get us to comply, Aldous Huxley was more concerned with a governmental structure that shoved pleasure and an overload of information and distraction in our faces to get us to comply. Orwell is what happens post-apocalyptically. Huxley is what happens when society prospers beyond our wildest dreams. It’s unclear why a feature film has never been made of »

- Cole Abaius

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