Who’d-a-guessed one of the entries in the Hannibal Lecter movie series would tie into my trip to Tuscany?
But “Hannibal” does.
Friday, October 12, 2018
My 185th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01 am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 64 and it will be partly cloudy.
Dinner tonight is at the MFA.
It’s a birthday dinner for my cousin Lauren
I just made the reservation for 6pm
We’ll take in the Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit before dinner.
Who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh?
Love your notes.
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Loving the city
Boston Public Garden last installation for season.
Our Friday night birthday dinner is at the lovely museum restaurant, Bravo.
A terrific place. Low-key. Lovely setting. Well-prepared foods. And a full liquor license.
“Hannibal” is a 2001 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from Thomas Harris’s 1999 novel of the same name.
It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award–winning film The Silence of the Lambs in which Anthony Hopkins returns to his role as the iconic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter.
Julianne Moore co-stars, in the role first held by Jodie Foster, as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling.
The film had a difficult and occasionally troubling pre-production history. When the novel was published in 1999, The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, screenwriter Ted Tally, and actress Jodie Foster all declined to be involved in its adaptation.
Ridley Scott became attached as director after the success of Gladiator (2000), and eventually signed onto the project after reading the script pitched by Dino De Laurentiis, who produced “Manhunter” (1986), based on the 1981 Harris novel Red Dragon.
After the departure of Foster and screenwriter Tally, Julianne Moore took on Foster's role while David Mamet and Steven Zaillian wrote the screenplay.
Set ten years after The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal follows Starling's attempts to apprehend Lecter before his surviving victim, Mason Verger, captures him.
It is set in Italy and the United States.
The novel “Hannibal” drew attention for its violence.
“Hannibal” broke box office records in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in February 2001, but was met with a mixed critical reception.
Ridley Scott, who had never filmed in Florence before, described it as “quite an experience”, especially as the crew was filming at the height of tourist season in some of Florence’s most famous places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Palazzo Capponi and the Capponi Library, Mercato Vecchio, Mercato Nuovo, the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, the Cathedral, Caffè Rivoire, Piazza della Signoria 5, and the Porcellino Fountain inside the Mercato.
Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne.
The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children's verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927).
All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Hyphens in the character's name were dropped by Disney when the company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of features that became one of its most successful franchises.
In popular film adaptations, Pooh Bear has been voiced by actors Sterling Holloway, Hal Smith, and Jim Cummings in English, and Yevgeny Leonov in Russian.
Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems.
Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.
Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.
Milne married Dorothy "Daphne" de Sélincourt in 1913 and their son Christopher Robin Milne was born in 1920. In 1925, Milne bought a country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex.
The fictional Hundred Acre Wood of the Pooh stories derives from Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, South East England, where the Pooh stories were set.
Milne lived on the northern edge of the forest at Cotchford Farm and took his son walking there.
E. H. Shepard drew on the landscapes of Ashdown Forest as inspiration for many of the illustrations he provided for the Pooh books.
The adult Christopher Robin commented: "Pooh's Forest and Ashdown Forest are identical."
Popular tourist locations at Ashdown Forest include: Galleon's Lap, The Enchanted Place, the Heffalump Trap and Lone Pine, Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place, and the wooden Pooh Bridge where Pooh and Piglet invented Poohsticks.
Not yet known as Pooh, he made his first appearance in a poem, "Teddy Bear," published in Punch magazine in February 1924 and republished in When We Were Very Young.
Pooh first appeared in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve, 1925, in a story called "The Wrong Sort Of Bees."
Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926, followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.A second collection of nursery rhymes, Now We Are Six, was published in 1927.
The World of Pooh won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958.
All four books were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
Milne also published four plays in this period.
During World War II, Milne was Captain of the British Home Guard in Hartfield & Forest Row, insisting on being plain "Mr. Milne" to the members of his platoon.
He retired to the farm after a stroke and brain surgery in 1952 left him an invalid, and by August 1953 "he seemed very old and disenchanted."
Milne died in January 1956, aged 74.
Quite a combination: Winnie-the-Pooh, the MFA, and Hannibal Lektor.