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Terry Southern (1924 - 1995)

Lifespan: 1924 - 1995

Related: Candy (1958) - American literature

Blue Movie (1970) - Terry Southern
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Blue Movie is a novel by Terry Southern that satirizes a Hollywood studio that is making a big budget pornographic film. Terry Southern had hoped that Stanley Kubrick, who Southern worked with on Dr. Strangelove, would adapt the work to the screen. The book is even dedicated to Kubrick (the actual dedication reads "To the great Stanley K). Kubrick never did adapt the book to film, but eventually made his own "blue movie", Eyes Wide Shut. The book was published in 1970. As of 2005, a film version is being prepared in Germany by the UK's Vertigo Films. [Oct 2006]


Terry Southern (May 1, 1924 - October 29, 1995) was a highly influential American short story writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and university lecturer. He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village; he was at the center of Swinging London in the 1960s and helped to change the style and substance of Hollywood films of the 1970s. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Southern [Dec 2005]

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