Saturday, November 17, 2007

TERRY SOUTHERN


Terry Southern es uno de los escritores más importantes del Siglo XX. Poco conocido en el resto del mundo, es casi reverenciado en América.
Igual el nombre no os dice mucho, pero qué me decís de Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella o Easy Rider... Sí señores, son guiones suyos.

Terry Southern (1924-1995) began writing satiric, outrageous fiction at the age of 12, when he rewrote Edgar Allan Poe stories "because they didn't go far enough". After serving in the Army as a Lieutenant in World War II, he wrote short stories while studying at the Sorbonne. "The Accident," published in the premier issue of The Paris Review, was the first short story to appear in that magazine. He admired and befriended British novelist Henry Greene, who convinced Andre Deutch to publish his first novel, Flash and Filigree (1958).

Residing with his first wife Carol in Geneva, he conjured the surrealistic exploits for trillionaire trickster "Grand Guy Guy Grand" in The Magic Christian (1959) while at the same time writing Candy (1960) for Maurice Girodias' Olympia Press. He and Gregory Corso brought Naked Lunch to Girodias, convincing him to print it. He published numerous short stories in England, France and America, (anthologized in Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes; 1967), and co-editedWriters in Revolt with Alex Trocci and Richard Seaver in 1962.

After settling in an old farmhouse in East Canaan, Connecticut, Stanley Kubrick, upon the recommedation of Peter Sellers, invited him to employ his satirical touch to Dr. Strangelove (1964). A rewarding period in Hollywood followed, writing dialog for:The Loved One (1965), The Collector, Cincinatti Kid (1966), Casino Royale and Barbarella (1967). Terry helped launch the Independent film movement by co-authoring Easy Rider (1968), and co-producing The End Of The Road (1969), filmed entirely on-location in the Berkshires.

After the quiet publication surrounding Blue Movie (1970), he turned to screenwriting full-time, working on original scripts, adaptations, and speculative assignments throughout the 70s and 80s. During this difficult period, when films and "quality-lit" (a phrase he coined) favored blockbusters, the IRS repeatedly attempted to reclaim over $150,000 in unpaid taxes from the mid-sixties. He was hired in the early-eighties by Michael O'Donohough to write for Saturday Night Live, and wrote The Telephone (1986) with singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. As legitimate film work grew increasingly elusive, Terry taught Screenwriting at both NYU and Columbia University from the late 80s until his death. His last novel, Texas Summer, was released by Richard Seaver in 1992. Grove has recently reissued his first four novels.

Acabo de terminarme Blue Movie... Librazo dedicado a The Great Stanley K. Trata sobre un director de cine premiado en mil festivales del mundo, el más importante esteta de América, que, disgustado con la fotografía, iluminación, mala interpretación y mal guión de las películas para adultos, decide rodar una peli porno en Europa... Gran presupuesto, estrellas internacionales, mucha droga y mucho sexo. Os lo recomiendo fervientemente.

un par de secuencias brillantes de dr. strangelove

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