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O Brothers Where Art Thou?
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Author:  Joey Hubbard [ Wed Jul 04, 2001 2:45 am ]
Post subject:  O Brothers Where Art Thou?

Have any Lafferty lovers besides myself seen the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?"? I have recently read "Space Chantey", and the similarities are amazing. Yes, I know they were both based on the Odyssey, but there are more obscure references to SC than just that.

In the beginning of the movie a song is played called Big Rock Candy Mountain and mention is made of both cigarette trees and railroad bulls, both of which appear in SC.
This is an old song, descibing the Hobo paradise. After reading SC, I'm convinced Lafferty heard it, and used elements of it in Space Chantey

The movie is very much in the same vein with Lafferty's humor, which there is not enough of in the world, in my opinion.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone who appreciates Lafferty's skewed view of reality. You almost get the feeling that the director had a copy of Space Chantey in his back pocket the whole time. It's that good.

Now where the hells the send button?
Oh, duh...

Author:  Gray [ Thu Jul 12, 2001 5:52 am ]
Post subject:  O Brothers Where Art Thou?

I'll look out for it - thanks.

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