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FILM SCREENPLAY Nabokov’s Lolita script





SCREENPLAY NABOKOV Lolita [sample]




SCREENPLAY NABOKOV Lolita [sample 2]




O.K., hands up who knew Nabokov had written a screenplay for his novel Lolita?


All explained at Open Culture. Here, 2 of the set of 5 pages included there. Left them larger than I normally would do for a header graphic for ease of reading. Interestingly, Kubrick credited Nabokov as screenwriter even though he hardly used it.


Lolita: A Screenplay has been published by Vintage. Don’t know about you, but its used hardback for me. Screenplays in paperback are not the best bet. If only they did them spiral bound with nice hard covers! C’m on Vintage. Costly but we don’t care.


Blake Bailey, Vice, 7 July 2014 Vladimir Nabokov’s Unpublished ‘Lolita’ Screenplay Notes


Two Views of Lolita


Two abstracts – one Robert Stamm, the other Thomas Allen Nelson, from books what they wrote. These expand the brief summary in Open Culture. Scripty person? You’ll love this.



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April 25, 2016 Posted by | Nabokov, Stanley Kubrick | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM DOCUMENTARY Klaus Kinski : Jesus Christ the Saviour





FILM POSTER kinski  Jesus Christ the Saviour




Jesus Christus Erloser


Amanda McAllister, Network Awesome, 12 July 2015

A middle aged man stands alone on a stage, gripping his mic stand like an anchor, earnestly speaking of Jesus and persecution. A wide shot intensifies his isolation as he speaks, a small illumination in a sea of darkness. A single unshed tear clings to his eyelashes before beginning the journey down his cheek.



Well, let her continue the story.


Haven’t had much success playing the embedded video there but it is on YouTube. Komplett. 1:23:54 with credits.


Klaus Kinski Jesus Christus Erlöser


Jesus Christ Saviour: Interview with Peter Geyer


Interview by Pamela Jahn, Electric Sheep, 3 August 2008


Jesus Christ Savior: Klaus Kinski’s 1971 Punk Rock Apocalypse


Marc Campbell, Dangerous Minds, 13 February 2011


Yer pays yer money and takes yer pick of which description you prefer. There’s a quote in this short piece which certainly says it. But who says it? Film embedded there as well.


The Mouth of Madness : Kinski Jesus Christ Saviour


Starting to get in here some of the context. If you didn’t know much about Kinski, saw him in Aguirre and that’s about it, learning about his life is part of the process of grasping this film’s context. German in 1971.


Film Comment Selects 2011: Klaus Kinski: Jesus Christ the Savior


Nick Schrager, The House Next Door, 17 February 2011


One more short description. Add them all together to get the whole thing.


Wiki: Klaus Kinski


Fill out some of the gaps from the wiki. I personally can’t be bothered to read books about his life. Quite easy to construct your own Kinski from these basic facts, the acting and a mishmash of images from the Tin Drum and beyond. The bit about his life during and post-war is of some interest to me, as it connects to so many aspects of German history and culture.

How can you not throw him into a great big imagined pot with all the keynote novels and films about Germany between the wars, during the last war and the process of Germans coming to terms or revolting against their Nazi history.

His acting in Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcaraldo, I found hard to watch even when I hadn’t got a clue who he was. His daughter Pola’s assertion in her autobiography, Kindermund,{1}that she couldn’t watch his films because that was how he behaved at home, is a sort of confirmation of that feeling.

I watched Peter Geyer’s film and then read around it. More and more I felt tempted to forego reality and imagine this was not Kinski reciting his Jesus script but him playing a character trying to do so. So him storming off and the barracking from the young audience – who hated him because they looked upon him as a rich hypocrite – seems at as if part of a script of a mocumentary.



April 19, 2016 Posted by | 1957, Peter Geyer | , | Leave a comment

FILM SHORT Agnes Varda ~ Les 3 Boutons





FILM STILL AGNES VARDA les 3 Boutons




Miu Miu Women’s Tales #10: Les 3 Boutons


Picked this one up from Indewire: Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay On Agnes Varda’s Strong And Feminine Search For Meaning



April 15, 2016 Posted by | Agnes Varda | , , | Leave a comment

FILM RAFELSON ~ 5 Easy Pieces [1970]





FILM Five Easy Pieces




Five Easy Pieces (1970) is a Difficult Film


Wade Sheeler, The Retrospect, 10 March 2016


* Short recent review reminded me of this film.


Five Easy Pieces (1970)


Tim Dirks, Filmsite.


* Wopper. Meticulous. Make a cup of tea, sit back. Can’t find a date on this. Always a hard one : buy the film then read all the stuff, or read then watch. My recommendation is watch it first [or watch it again after all these decades…you were young then….how do you see it now as a 70s classic, etc.]



April 4, 2016 Posted by | Bob Rafelson, Five Easy Pieces [1970] | , | Leave a comment

FILM SCRIPT 10 famous scripts





CARTOON Screenplay reading




10 Famous Film Scripts and What You Can Learn from Them


By Alison Nastasi, Flavorwire, 23 February 2014


Link in each to script itself. Screenplays not script-o-rama transcriptions from films without stage directions.


Chinatown, Blue Velvet, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Casablanca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Breathless [you film buffs should have question mark above your heads here..but read on], Jaws, Citizen Kane.


10. Citizen Kane. In case you can’t figure out how to find the link, it’s in two stages. First to Cinephila and Filmmaking, from the link ‘said’, then off that very interesting page to the script itself. Don’t miss the Cinephila post: facsimile title page of Welles’ own war-torn, scribbled on copy dated 9 July 1940 and four photos of the young Welles.



April 2, 2016 Posted by | Citizen Kane, Film script/screenplay | , | Leave a comment