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Offline Johnnie F.

Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:08:01 AM »
One of the books I read "literature-hungry" when I was a young adult, and that kind of drove me to my hitch-hiking around the US, was Jack Kerouac's "On The Road". So now I was pleased to hear that somebody undertook the task of making a movie of that fantastic novel that contributed so much to our generation's literature, lifestyle and popular culture. The first critique I read didn't praise it much though. Still I'm longing to see it myself. Hope I get a chance.

On the Road - Official Trailer 2012 [HD] Kristen Stewart Movie
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 10:37:26 AM »
The trailer doesn't convey the laid back lifestyle that I recall from reading the book. I'll await reviews and hope to see the movie some day.

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 12:16:45 PM »
Laid back lifestyle? I rather do remember hectic, almost recklessness, the search, from the Beat Generation's literature. Like in Ginsberg's "Howl":

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,

who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,

who passed through universities with radiant eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war,

who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull,

who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,

who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,

who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley, death, or purgatoried their torsos night after night...

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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 12:51:29 PM »
Johnnie Thanks for mentioning this.  The book is freely downloadable from the Internet.  I never did any hitch-hiking in the US but I traveled coast to coast and back on a $99 Greyhound ticket in 1969.
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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 02:05:38 PM »
Kerouac's 'On the Road' Hits the Big Screen with Deep Bay Area Roots[/b]

Family, friends and followers of the Beat Generation gather at the Rafael Film Center for Walter Salles' long-gestating adaptation of the classic American novel.

On the Road, Jack Kerouac's classic American novel that has incited countless road trips, intrepid travels and insatiable journeys over the past 55 years, made its U.S. premiere on the big screen at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival Thursday night.

But for a film whose title dictates the lack of specific geographic roots, the night sure felt like a celebration not only of Walter Salles' long-gestating cinematic adaption of Kerouac's novel, but also of the film's deep ties to the Bay Area.

"It all originated for us here in the Bay Area," On the Road producer Rebecca Yeldham said.

In the audience was longtime Bay Area resident John Cassady, son of Neal Cassady, on whom co-protagonist Dean Moriarty, the man "whose every muscle lives to twitch and go," is modeled. Yeldham said Cassady and his sisters were invaluable in creating the film.

Anne Marie Santos, the daughter of Lu Anne Henderson, Cassady's longtime lover and on whom On the Road's Marylou is based, was also in attendance to watch Twilight superstar Kristen Stewart play Marylou.

Yeldham credited Tam Valley actor Peter Coyote, a longtime Beat Generation acolyte and narrator of the 1985 documentary Kerouac, the Movie, with connecting Salles to many of the remaining leading lights of that era, including Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and Diane di Prima. Corte Madera resident and Kerouac biographer Gerry Nicosia was also in the house.

"Each of these people had the desire and the character to reinvent a future," Salles said of the film's characters in a video clip prior to the screening at the Rafael Film Center. "They sought meaning and understanding and, needless to say, they became our heroes."

The film, which like the novel is based on the years in the 1940s that Kerouac spent traveling and gallivanting with Cassady and a number of other central Beat figures like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, stars Sam Riley as Sal Paradise (Kerouac) and Garrett Hedlund as Moriarty.

Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to On the Road 33 years ago, is the film's executive producer. Its U.S. premiere in Mill Valley caps a seemingly endless journey that embodies the difficulty in bringing to life a novel with such an enduring legacy.

"Everybody who loves this book has a vision of it in their mind and has a Dean and Sal in their mind as well," Yeldham said.

While the film drew some mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, it clearly had a rapt audience Thursday night that identified with its protagonists' westward longing, as best described by Kerouac himself in On the Road:

“So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it..."

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Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2012, 05:24:47 PM »
J-F  On Sunday we went to the shopping mall located below the Twin Towers in downtown KL.  The mall has a large Kinokunia bookstore and there I was able to locate a copy of “On the Road”.  I much prefer to have a real book in my hand as opposed to seeing the words on an LCD screen.  Equipped with the book I made my way down to Malones bar by the lakeside and read and had a few beers whilst waiting  for my wife to return from her dress buying spree.  I can imagine that the book caused quite a stir in 1957 and it certainly paved the way for the wilder excesses of Hunter S. Thomson  and Norman Mailer etc.  There is mention of Houma, Louisiana in the book and this reminded me of my Greyhound trip.  I visited Houma and met with a thin, grey haired old lady called Mrs.Gazzo.  She told me some tales of the good old days when they tied negroes* to the back of freight trains and then blasted them with shotguns as they passed through Louisiana.  Anyway, enough of my anecdotage.
I think there is a Kinokunia store in Siam Paragon but it is a great pity they don’t have a branch in Korat.

* I wish to record that Mrs. Gazzo was an extremely un-PC lady and she would never use a term like "Negroes".  I can confirm that she used the other "n" word but that seems to be blocked by the KF software.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Kerouac's "On The Road" has been made a movie
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012, 05:52:39 PM »
My first touring in the US I did in 1976, hitchhiking all around the US, through Canada, into Mexico; hitchhiking was easy with a pretty girlfriend at my side. We both had been in an exchange program working as counselors in summer camps for four weeks, then traveling for eight weeks.

In summer 1979 while I was waiting for classes to start, I did a crazy bicycle trip along the coast from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. And in spring 1981 while I was for one term as intercampus exchange student at the Riverside campus of the University of California I did some driving along the famous Route 66 - just for kicks! A year later a friend from Germany visited me, and we bought an old station wagon together, driving down to the Baja California in Mexico, then up the coast to Oregon etc. Later I drove along the interstate from L.A. all the way to Florida and down to Key West. When I was finally sick of studying for a PhD I did some more driving and then hitchhiking in the Northern states. The Greyhound bus never really appealed to me, as I had time and was still crazy.

North America is a fantastic country for traveling! Always planned to go back there again for some more, but somehow I got stuck in South East Asia, a place I learned very much about when the Yanks still played war in Vietnam. But I never thought I would like it here so much to stay.

Historic Route 66

The Rolling Stones - Route 66

Woody Guthrie-This Land Is Your Land

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