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Johnson: The impossibility of being literal
Nov 14th 2013, 9:43 by R.L.G. | BERLIN
IT IS literally impossible to be literal.
I know what you’re thinking. Literal is the word we use when we mean exactly what we say, and metaphorical or figurative is what we say when we’re playing around. When we’re being figurative, we say “it was a million miles away”, meaning “I walked for hours.” When we’re being literal, a million miles away is somewhere between the moon and Mars.
An invite to a sneak preview that never was for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb with Kubrick’s own handwriting. With special thanks to Will McCrabb for sharing this shocking piece of history.
On Nov. 22, 1963, Stanley Kubrick was supposed to present his new film, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, to the press. Shortly before the screening, word arrived that President Kennedy had been assassinated that day. The screening was canceled and, because the film treats a U.S. President character with less than the utmost respect, changes were made before the film’s release. The character of Major Kong had a line describing how “a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Dallas”—but because the President had been killed in Dallas, the line was changed to “in Vegas.” A pie-throwing sequence that Kubrick found too silly was also cut; it would have included the line “our beloved President has been struck down in his prime.” The film’s planned London premiere, scheduled for Dec. 12 that year, was also cancelled. Dr. Strangelove eventually opened in the U.S. on Jan. 29, 1964. —Art Imitates Life: 10 Movies Altered Due to Real-Life Events
What makes it doubly interesting is that the red writing is Stanley’s— Gordon Stainforth (@gordonsta)