Today is Novalyne Price Ellis' birthday. Michael Scott Myers (a Howard fan) was her student. When he found out that she knew REH and had written a memoir, One Who Walked Alone, he decided he had to write a screenplay from it. Novalyne lived long enough to see a pre-release screening. She was quite pleased.
It really is a great movie, overall. A labor of love from all involved. D'Onoffrio, especially, went above and beyond.
Michael Scott Myers was the screenwriter of The Whole Wide World. He was also the Guest of Honor at Howard Days 2016. Here he talks about how he came to meet Novalyne Price Ellis and then to write the screenplay.
Isn't this really confusing Howard with his fantasy creation? There is a psychology attached to the character, the psychology of action, the introspective adventurer. Milius's film captured it, even if it's not that accurate. It's the warrior-king, the unthinking urge, the Apollonian vision, so I think there is a philosophy there. It's a sight more intellectual than the film seems to allow.
Post by deepermagic on Nov 7, 2018 15:42:47 GMT -5
I saw this for the first time the other night (you can currently watch it for free on Amazon Prime!) and I was pretty blown away. I've never read Price's book, but from what I saw it seemed to be pretty dang accurate and succeeded in telling a pretty interesting story without resorting to Hollywood shenanigans. It only hit me well into the movie that the bulk of it is just the two riding around and talking. That sounds boring, but I was riveted.
I thought the ending could have been done better. It sort of just wrapped up and to the uninitiated sort of made it seem like Howard killed himself over a girl.
I don't know if D'Onoffrio was true to how Howard carried himself or not, but it certainly didn't diverge from how Howard wrote about himself (or others about Howard), and it definitely portrayed Howard as someone who would have seemed odd to Cross Plains. It was well acted, even though I wonder if he came across a little more intense than Howard might have actually carried himself (again, I don't know, just a feeling). Either way, he sure did channel the spirit of Howard.
The film is available on Amazon Prime in the UK and looks fantastic, and one thing that did strike me was how D'Onoffrio played Howard as an out-and-out oddball that enjoyed stirring things up occasionally in Crossplains. From what i've read of Howard i think D'Onoffrio pushed the performance too far, almost into the realm of social-inadequate nerd. The rest of the film is quite superb, and it's a shame the late Daniel Ireland never hit the big time.