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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (NathanNRGaddis) | 720 comments Whores for Gloria is the first publication of Bill's infamous Love Trilogy. It is a thematic trilogy, not a chronological or narrative trilogy.


Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (NathanNRGaddis) | 720 comments WTV knocked out a screenplay for Whores for Gloria in a few hours' time and sold it for somewhere between four and five figures. There is an excerpt of the screenplay in Expelled from Eden. It would take a talented director indeed to translate this thing he's calling a screenplay onto a screen, but I wish someone'd do it.

Intelligent, interpretative filmmakers would find muchmuch material in Bill's books. I wonder why they don't. Not just the whores, but the Dreams would provide fodder for an entirely new genre of American Western, providing a fully restored characterization to the Amerindians, for example. Something like Shogun could be made perhaps; Shogun with its Jesuits would seem to echo story-like with Fathers and Crows.


Geoff | 158 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "WTV knocked out a screenplay for Whores for Gloria in a few hours' time and sold it for somewhere between four and five figures. There is an excerpt of the screenplay in Expelled from Eden. It wo..."

...fantastic! Esp. the four or five figures, for him.

The Ice-Shirt would make a magnificent film. Herzog might be able to pull it off- maybe like an Aguirre-era Herzog blended with the contemporary, documentary-centric Herzog.


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Nick Craske (nick_craske) | 29 comments Picked up a 1st edition hardback of this today. Yes'un I did.


Mark | 1 comments Just finished this last night, and I definitely felt that it was very visual and could fit as a film. Maybe by someone who isn't afraid to take on an interpretation and explicit imagery - maybe Michael Winterbottom, director of Tristram Shandy and 9 Songs?

Jimmy's fractured mental state would be especially interesting to capture if done well. It is probably cliche to even mention but Lynch would have a field day exploring the Tenderloin with an alocholic vet. And probably make real characters out of the women, too.

A good start to his fiction, which I'm just starting to plunge into.


Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (NathanNRGaddis) | 720 comments Mark wrote: "A good start to his fiction, which I'm just starting to plunge into. "

Nice! What's your next destination? My unsolicited rec today would be to wear The Ice-Shirt.


George | 46 comments I agree, I think this could easily be filmed. I think Darren Aronofsky would do well with the material here, especially with his ability to have characters that struggle with reality. Only problem is that the setting is SF, and not New York or New Jersey.


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Zadignose | 23 comments Let's pray that no film is made of a Vollmann text. Of course, that's an easy prayer to have answered.

Herzog would not be able to make Aguirre today. No producer would back it, and no one would finance it. Of course, it's a miracle it even got made back in the days when people believed in cinema art.


George | 46 comments I can agree with that. Too many liberties would be taken with the text, and it wouldn't have the Vollmann essence in it. But it would be glorious if some way it could be mad without anything being cut.


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To tell the truth, I would probably skip a film version. I'll reread the book someday, most likely, but have no desire to see it as a movie. I just don't feel obligated to watch movies based on books - Vollmann authored or otherwise - I like. But then again I'm not a fan of any contemporary American filmmaking.


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