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Collected Screenplays 1: Jokes / Gummo / julien donkey-boy

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Only 23-years-old when he directed his extraordinary d�but feature Gummo, Harmony Korine has since continued to serve notice that he is the riskiest, most radical young talent in independent US film. This collection of three screenplays displays his defiantly unorthodox approach to film form, as well as the unclassifiable imaginative energy that drives all of his work.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2002 by Faber Faber
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Matt Margo
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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There is a somehow hypnotic and projective quality about all of Harmony Korine's works. What is presented never ceases to be both stunningly beautiful and unbearably ugly simultaneously. "Gummo" is currently my overall favorite film for a nearly infinite number of reasons. One of these reasons is that every scene has the potential to be picked apart and/or pieced together literally and symbolically. Another reason is that the film succeeds radiantly at inventing and presenting a world that is bo ...more
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May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
probably better off just watching them foreeeeeal
Cassidy
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This arrived in the mail yesterday and I finished it within hours. It took me years to "get" Harmony Korine; to watch Gummo past the opening narration; to understand that his work is full of heart and free of judgment. It's almost impossible to articulate why Harmony is great because that's an understanding someone has to approach on their own, when discomfort regarding his work turns into understanding and finally turns into admiration.

All of the work is absurd, sure -- but I agree when Harmon
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Bad-at-reading
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Gummo does not have much of a script. The rabbit scene is free of cussing and set on a front lawn instead of in a junkyard. The chair-wrestling scene that's easily the film's funniest moment is not mentioned, and was probably a spontaneous moment on set. With these and many, many other scenes in truncated form or not appearing at all, something surprising emerges: the genuinely compelling and sad story of three sisters' search for their missing cat. I think Gummo the film benefits greatly from i ...more
RB
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Harmony Korine, you're going to want to pick this collection up for a number of reasons. Firstly, the written scripts are not the finished films: "Gummo" as a screenplay lacks many of memorable scenes that ended up in the movie and also includes different settings and dialogue for the scenes kept in. The "Gummo" screenplay is melancholic and more focused than the movie, basically it's the story of a few sisters searching for a missing cat after the storm.
Secondly, "Jokes" was
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Fred Rocha
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
The trippy scenes one sees in the movie are as well illustrated by HK's visrtuoso prose.
Riar
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jokes is probably his best written work so far.
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Best known both as the writer of films "Kids" (1995) and "Ken Park" (2002) and as the director of films "Gummo" (1997), "julien donkey-boy" (1999), and "Mister Lonely" (2007), Harmony Korine has been deemed as the "enfant terrible" of modern independent dramatic film. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of PBS cinematographer Sol Korine spent many of his days at revival theaters, drawing vast ...more
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