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"Jennifer M. Bean" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 19 Apr 1999 19:02:18 +0000
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I would strongly encourage you to take a look at Theda Bara's extant "vamp"
film, A FOOL THERE WAS(1914), which depends on a Rudyard Kipling poem, I
believe.  Many of the intertitles are excerpts from the poem.

Jennifer Bean

>The would-be accountant in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man is identified with
>William Blake, whose poetry is invoked on several occasions. The plot of
>Hal Hartley's Henry Fool is driven by the major characters' desire to write
>"original" poetry, although as I recall the poetry itself is mostly
>revealed through its effects on its readers.
>Richard Wohlfeiler
>>Ron Hoffman requests:
>>> A faculty member at our university recently requested any info on films
>>> that use poetry in some manner.  For example, the use of Frost in Dead
>>> Poets' Society; Rodney Dangerfield reciting and interpreting "Do not go
>>> gentle into that good night." in "Back to School."  First priority would be
>>> films that refer to established poetry; second priority to films which use
>>> "original" poetry.  Thanks in advance.
>Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite