Post by Adam Lynn Post by Will Dockery Post by Dave Moore
A trailer of the movie version of Kerouac's "On the Road" has just been
Fantastic! Thanks Dave!
Re-Posted for my fellow poets at alt.arts.poetry.comments.
Thanks Will; good stuff.
More on the earlier attempt at turning the "On The Road" era into a film,
the 1980 "Heart Beat", which looked great as far as the actors and the 1950s
styled sets, but turned the story into a slightly sleazy soap opera:
"The film explores the love triangle of real-life characters Neal Cassady,
Jack Kerouac, and Carolyn Cassady in the late 1950's and the 1960's. It
chronicles Jack Kerouac writing his seminal novel On the Road, and its
effect on their lives..."
I see that the expert Roger Ebert sums up the problems of this film pretty
There were long stretches of Heart Beat during which I found myself
wishing instead for a film version of On the Road... The movie's a triumph
of art direction, all right; the locations, clothes, lighting, moods, music
and whole tone of the performances are designed to lower a kind of nostalgic
dropcloth over the story... This movie treats its events as so long ago, so
finished and done with and bathed in a yellowing afterglow, that we don't
sense the very passion and rebelliousness it's supposed to be about. What an
irony for the first serious film about the Beats. -Roger Ebert, 1980
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