Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Has anyone seen the television trailer for the new movie version of "All the King's Men?" It's a great story with a good cast and I'll probably see it, but I hate that ad. What makes my teeth hurt is the point at the end when the voice over says, "based on a true story." Technically, that is a correct statement. Willie Stark is a thinly disguised stand-in for Huey Long. However, the movie is not based on the life of Huey Long, it is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, which was based on the life of Huey Long. Sony's marketing department has committed a grievous act of disrespect against a great American writer by leaving Warren out of the equation. It also cheapens the story itself by reducing a powerful and important novel to the level of just another television docudrama. Sony's marketing staff should be ashamed of themselves.

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