Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mae West: Gekko-ed

MAE WEST, all unaware, contributed a line of dialogue to a major motion picture release — — unpaid and UNCREDITED. Unnoticed by the audience? Hope not.
• • According to the insightful film critic Liam Lacey, in his review of Oliver Stone’s "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps": Some of the aphoristic dialogue works. (“You’re the Ninja generation — — no income, no jobs, no assets.”). But too often, the dialogue is glib and derivative, and not in the financial sense of the word. We know Gordon Gekko is a thief, but it’s strange to hear the character’s best bon mots have been previously used more or less verbatim. Uncredited sources include Adlai Stevenson (“If you promise to stop telling lies about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about you”), Mae West (“Whenever I have to choose between two evils, I always like to try the one I haven’t tried before”), and Rita Mae Brown (“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results”). ...
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• • Article: "Derivative, and not in the Wall Street sense"
• • By: Liam Lacey
• • Published by: The Globe and Mail — —
• • Published on: 15 May 2010

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