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Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008)

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A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.



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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trina Yale in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Haskell Barkin ...
Hymie Kelly in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Frank Fane in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
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Stu Levin ...
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Nicholas Podbrey ...
Dan Simmons ...
Tom Snyder ...
Himself (archive footage)


A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.

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Director Nelson was only 24 when he first videotaped Ellison at a typewriter for a March 1981 PBS documentary about science fiction and fantasy writers - footage that is included in this film See more »


Harlan Ellison: People say to me, even Susan says to me, My God, does everything make you angry? I said, yeah, everything makes me angry. And they say, you know, you should get a little mellow. And I say, oh really? Gee, I had never thought of that.
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The Man You Rarely See But Always Wanted To
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this little doc does nothing but make you curious enough about the work of Ellison to go out a read a few of his short stories, it will be worth your time. Imagine how curious you would be if Mark Twain were still alive and could be interviewed. Yeah, it's just like that. And Ellison writes as well as Twain did.

Actually, there are some parallels and stark contrasts between Sam Clemens and Ellison. Twain's _Tom Sawyer_ was the first novel written on a typewriter. Ellison has a typewriter, which he pecks on with two fingers, but never used a computer or word-processing program. Clemens and Twain were irascible and fearless when it came to declaiming what they believed to be true. Both were highly ethical, but cared little for religion. Both writers were prolific. Twain did _not_ have a Jewish mother. Oy. Both were spellbinding on the lecture circuit. Both of them will be read as long as the English language exists. If you have any interest in fantasy or fiction or science fiction, Ellison's genius and sharp wit are unsurpassed. Clemens is long gone, but thank God I lived to read --and see-- Ellison!

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