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Responses > Movies

Richard Brautigan's legacy is his continued inspiration for creative efforts by others who interpret his work, or create their own in response. This node provides an overview of selected movies inspired by Brautigan, and links to further information and resources. Use the information below to learn more about creative responses to Brautigan's works.
A Confederate General from Big Sur > Selected Responses

Macnab, Geoffrey. "Ranvaud Trumpets Brautigan Projects." ScreenDaily 19 May 2010.
Anthony Lucero is set to direct a film adaptation of Brautigan's The Abortion.

Lucero and Paul Swenson are directing a documentary about Brautigan called For Richard featuring contributions from Bob Rafelson, Peter Coyote, Walter Salles, and Roman Coppola. (see below)

Benicio Del Toro is in talks to make a film version of Brautigan's A Confederate General from Big Sur.

Allegedly, there are plans to make a film from Brautigan's The Hawkline Monster.

Producer Donald K. Ranvaud is representing the estate of Richard Brautigan.
Online Resources
The full text of Macnab's article at the ScreenDaily website

Benicio Del Toro hired Anthony Lucero to adapt the screenplay for A Confederate General from Big Sur.

Feedback from Ianthe Brautigan
Ianthe Brautigan. Email to John F. Barber, 24 May 2010.
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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace > Selected Responses

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
2011; first aired 23 March 2011
Three-part BBC television documentary by filmmaker Adam Curtis

Curtis visually interprets Brautigan's own voice recording of this poem, taken from the 1970 record album "Listening to Richard Brautigan".
For Richard > Selected Responses

For Richard
A documentary film about Brautigan, directed by Anthony Lucero and Paul Swensen, featuring interviews with people who knew him.

Macnab, Geoffrey. "Ranvaud Launches Italy-based Buena Onda International." ScreenDaily 14 May 2011.
Ranvaud is one of the producers on Anthony Lucero's Richard Brautigan film, For Richard, which is almost complete. The intention is to release For Richard around the same time as Walter Salles's Jack Kerouac adaptation On The Road. (Kerouac and Brautigan were both associated with the Beat movement.) Both projects should be ready for the autumn markets. The film tells the story of the American novelist and poet who committed suicide in 1984. It features interviews with Salles, Wim Wenders and Bob Rafelson, among others.

The documentary is expected to herald a renewal of interest in Brautigan's work, with several of his books are in the frame to be made into movies, among them A Confederate General From Big Sur and The Abortion.
Online Resources
The full text of Macnab's article at the ScreenDaily website

Smith, Chris. "One of Santa Rosa's Own Has Rumbling Role in 'Toy Story 3'." Press Democrat 29 May 2010.
ANOTHER FILM to watch for is the documentary on late, great author Richard Brautigan that's now in production by a potent team that includes Brautigan's daughter, Ianthe, of Santa Rosa and her husband, Montgomery High grad Paul Swensen.

The couple and their co-directors and producers are filming the likes of Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote and writer Jim Harrison.

Paul and Ianthe will take a break from the Brautigan project later this month to attend the Daytime Emmy Awards gala in L.A. That's because Paul has been nominated for an Emmy as co-director of the public-TV culinary series, "Avec Eric," with kitchen marvel Eric Ripert.

"This is the big time, so it's very cool," Paul said.
Online Resources
The full text of Smith's article at the Press Democrat website

Information about For Richard at the Internet Movie Database website

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Here Is Something Beautiful (etc)
Directed by Anthony Lucero and Paul Swensen
Animation by Jun Awakawa
Written by Anthony Lucero and Jun Awakawa
Musical score by Emily Wells

A rotoscope animated movie based on the life of Richard Brautigan. Appearances by Jeff Bridges, Neil Gaiman, Wim Wenders, and others. This preview, based on Brautigan's short story "Times Square in Montana" from The Tokyo-Montana Express is actually a video for Emily Wells' song "Darlin'" from her album Mama Acoustic Recordings.

Online Resources
Rahman, Ray. "First look: New Emily Wells music video features footage from upcoming movie with Neil Gaiman, Jeff Bridges, and more." Entertainment Weekly website. 24 July 2013.
"Love Poem" > Selected Responses

Orolo, Che. "Love Poem." 2010.
A mash-up of Brautigan's "Love Poem," recited in different voices, with excerpts from Samuel Beckett's novel Molloy presented as text in English and Korean translation. Shown at three festivals in 2010: the 10th Seoul International New Media Festival (August) and the 7th Experimental Film and Video Festival (September) in Seoul, Korea, and the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (October) in Berlin, Germany.



See also text of the poem handwritten on a magazine advertisement for Chanel perfume

Online Resources
Orolo's video poem at the Vimeo website
So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away > Selected Responses



So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away
2013
Curated by Vera Chok
Filmed and edited by T. S. Ukpo
Color; 4:30
A film documenting the final 2013 meeting of the Brautigan Book Club. Each month the group discussed, read from, and delivered performances inspired by a different Brautigan book. This meeting the focus was on So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away.

Online Resource
Brautigan Book Club website
2000
A thirty minute film based on the novel So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away produced by Swensen Productions (Paul Swensen and Ianthe Brautigan) and shown at the New York Film Festival in June of 2000 and the Los Angeles Film Festival in October of 2000. Robert "Dux" Duxbury wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation. The movie is currently unavailable, undergoing editing to shorten its running time.

Online Resource
Information about Robert "Dux" Duxbury at the Company of Experts website
The Abortion > Selected Responses

Macnab, Geoffrey. "Ranvaud Trumpets Brautigan Projects." ScreenDaily 19 May 2010.
Anthony Lucero is set to direct a film adaptation of Brautigan's The Abortion.

Lucero and Paul Swenson are directing a documentary about Brautigan called For Richard featuring contributions from Bob Rafelson, Peter Coyote, Walter Salles, and Roman Coppola. (see below)

Benicio Del Toro is in talks to make a film version of Brautigan's A Confederate General from Big Sur.

Allegedly, there are plans to make a film from Brautigan's The Hawkline Monster.

Producer Donald K. Ranvaud is representing the estate of Richard Brautigan.
Online Resources
The full text of Macnab's article at the ScreenDaily website
The Hawkline Monster > Selected Responses

Anonymous. "Screen: Film: Short Cuts." The Observer 13 August 2000: 3.
Short blurbs about the entertainment industry and its principals. Notes,
There is something heartwarmingly Quixotic about Hollywood's determination to try to film every successful book ever written: there was once a plan for Clint Eastwood to star in Richard Brautigan's The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western, a novel whose main characters include a disaffected chemical cloud. (3)
Macnab, Geoffrey. "Ranvaud Trumpets Brautigan Projects." ScreenDaily 19 May 2010.
Anthony Lucero is set to direct a film adaptation of Brautigan's The Abortion.

Lucero and Paul Swenson are directing a documentary about Brautigan called For Richard featuring contributions from Bob Rafelson, Peter Coyote, Walter Salles, and Roman Coppola. (see below)

Benicio Del Toro is in talks to make a film version of Brautigan's A Confederate General from Big Sur.

Allegedly, there are plans to make a film from Brautigan's The Hawkline Monster.

Producer Donald K. Ranvaud is representing the estate of Richard Brautigan.
Online Resources
The full text of Macnab's article at the ScreenDaily website
"The Weather in San Francisco" > Selected Responses

The Weather in Somerset poster image The Weather in Somerset
Monke
2003
Mirko Parmigiani, director, editor, and co-producer
Color; running time 3:14




A short film by this multicultural group of London-based film lovers

Feedback from Mirko Parmigiani
Mirko Parmigiani. Email to John Barber, 10 December 2003.
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Trout Fishing in America > Selected Responses

The Kool-Aid Wino
2011
Moises Jimenez

An animated short film responding to The Kool-Aid Wino chapter of Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America.

Online Resources
Jiminez' blog
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You Can't Catch Death > Selected Responses
A Simple Tsunami
2012
Sean Whiteman

A movie script responding to a statement by Ianthe Brautigan in her memoir, You Can't Catch Death, about how she wished her father, Richard Brautigan, could have met Kurt Cobain.

Feedback from Sean Whiteman
Sean Whiteman. Email to John Barber, 29 March 2011 and 1 May 2012.
READ the full text of Whiteman's screenplay.