Maybe I should start a new blog entirely devoted to Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle and US history after the death of Lincoln…
But that might lead on to me having several blogs and I don’t feel up to managing all that. So If you’re not interested in Whitman etc or the trials & tribulations of a novice playwriter, skip all posts the have Whitman in the title…
Not a great film, of course, but a fine showcase for a superb performance by Rip Torn - possibly the best thing he’s ever done. He looks remarkable like the Whitman of the first edition of Leaves of Grass; to say he brings the poet to life is both an over- and an understatement. No scenery chewing here: Torn’s Whitman is a real person; the actor doesn’t have to shout in our ears for us to believe we’re entering into the life of a marvelous and unique individual. The scenarist handles Whitman’s homosexuality head-on but without implying more than we actually know. I’d guess this ranks with the greatest theatrical "impersonations" I’ve ever seen, up there with Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain and Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson.
Completely captures Whitman’s exuberance, 25 Julho 2003
Author: khoag3-1 de Michigan
I saw this when it was originally on television and fell in love with Whitman’s work. Torn completely captured Whitman’s vitality and love of life. The most memorable scene was Torn shouting "Leaves of Grass" to the sky.
How could I get to see this film?