January 30, 2003


MOST CHILLING QUOTE IN RECENT MEMORY: I just ordered a book from Amazon called "The Devil's Candy," an insider account of the making of 1990's misbegotten movie version of Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities." In the reviews section of the site is an assessment by an anonymous writer from Kirkus Reviews, which was written in 1991. Here it is (emphasis mine):

This movie struck its makers as 'the definitive vehicle of dreams...the stretch limo of hopes and ambition.' Stephen [sic] Spielberg's take on what happened is right on target: 'Brian [DePalma] is stepping into shoes that can be worn by other film makers. When he does that he's caught up in the machinery of the studio system.' Like watching a World Trade Center tower topple onto Wall Street.

This was written two years before the 1993 WTC bombing (in which the terrorists attempted unsuccessfully to collapse one tower into the other) and of course ten years prior to 9/11. DAMN.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 30, 2003 03:43 PM
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