22 May 2011

Processed Instant God: Straggling Endnotes to an Era

NYT piece on Chayevsky's notes to self throughout his development of the screenplay for Network.

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And then there's this item, hot off the wire...

'You Light Up My Life' composer kills self, police say.

The man who composed the pop hit "You Light Up My Life" ended his own life Sunday, New York police said.

Joseph Brooks, 73, was facing charges on 11 alleged rapes and sex assaults, New York Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.

The songwriter was found dead in his Manhattan home by a friend with whom he was supposed to have lunch at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Browne said.

A plastic dry cleaning bag and a towel were wrapped around his head, with a tube connected to a helium tank attached, he said. A suicide note was found nearby, he said.

Brooks' son, Nicholas Brooks, was charged in January with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.


David K Wayne said...

That's a movie cropping up in discussion a lot these days, isn't it? It's reputation has grown a lot in recent years, the one Lumet movie everyone likes. I recall it being considered somewhat shrill and passe in the complacent 90s.

Greyhoos said...

I never gave it much thought before, but I supposed you're right.

As far as the '90s go, the reasons for that may have been a matter of style. Dramatically, the film (like a good many of the time) was still rooted in the theatrical mannerisms & delivery of the preceding decades.

But I suppose content eventually won out, especially in the wake of all the changes in the media landscape (ownership & whatnot) that soon followed.

David K Wayne said...

Yeah I still think every Prime Minister or President gets a "Ned Beatty induction" when they enter office. Boris Yeltsin must have got a director's cut.

Greyhoos said...

And Berlusconi got to skip the whole process. Yknow, thanks to all that synergy and vertical integration he's got going on.

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