From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to All on Sun Oct 17 18:24:00 2021
This one looks interesting.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Based on Nightmare Alley
by William Lindsay Gresham
December 17, 2021
Nightmare Alley is an upcoming American psychological thriller
film directed by Guillermo del Toro with a screenplay by
del Toro and Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same
name by William Lindsay Gresham.
" Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a
carnival-show geek-alcoholic and abject and the object of the
voyeuristic crowd's gleeful disgust and derision-going about
his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a
carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There's no
way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen
" And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a
useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he's going places.
Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute assistant (before
long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown
spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in
their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan's
for the taking. At least for now.
From August Abolins@2:460/256 to All on Wed Jul 6 22:49:08 2022
Saw the film. Enjoyed it. Decided to check out the book to help "fill in the gaps".
"Upon its publication, in September 1946, Nightmare Alley was
an acclaimed and successful novel, and a damned and banned one.
"For thirty years after the first edition of 1946, every edition remained corrupt and censored. To use but one example, instead of ?society dames with the clap, bankers that take it up the ass,? readers encountered ?society dames with a dose, bankers that have fishy eyes.?
"Within little more than a decade, it was all but forgotten. Sixteen autumns later, in September 1962, Gresham?s body was found, self-killed, in a hotel room off Times Square. He has just turned fifty-three a few weeks before. In his possession were business cards that read:
"And so the alley, and the running, and the light beyond reach
came to an end - for the man who wrote of that alley, if not for us who read of it.
"It is interesting, too, that while still undergoing psychotherapy, Gresham crafted in Nightmare Alley, in the somewhat heavy-handedly named character of Dr. Lilith Ritter, the most viciously evil psychologist in the history of literature."