Friday, 1 December 2017

Writing - Class and some good reading

Classics tend to have a longer shelf life than the somewhat less than the here today gone tomorrow media. They are often quoted, or misquoted, and there screenplays and pages can enter the culture.

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One of those classics is Casablanca starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. There are a number of quotes that have become an essential part of western culture.

'Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.'

Often misquoted as 'Play it again Sam' but nevertheless sitting in the western world's consciousness.

'Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.'

Bogart played the role as a vulnerable, cynical guy on the edge of the law and his work was typified in this quote.

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'Here's looking at you kid'

This quote was ad libbed by Bogart and was so well received by the screenwriters that it occurred three more times in the film.
Eventually the screenplay was voted the best ever.



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Philip Pullman


Pullman was delighted recently when Waterstones named his latest book La Belle Sauvage 2017 Book of the Year.

Their remaining list is as follows:-

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
  • The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow
  • Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

God Bless