Archive for August 14, 2020

The one with the duplicated line

Posted in FILM, literature, Politics with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2020 by dcairns

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I have a question, but first, something nice.

In THE BIG SLEEP Bogie asks the phony bookshop girl is she has “a Ben Hur, third edition, the one with the duplicated line on page 116?”

She doesn’t, and neither do I, but I do have The Film Director as Superstar by Joseph Gelmis, and on page 168, during the Bertolucci interview, there is a poetically perfect duplicated line:

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After Bert claims that BEFORE THE REVOLUTION was “a way to exorcize my own fears,” dealing as it does with a young bourgeois European trying to disassociate himself from his background to become a revolutionary. Gelmis asks Bert whether he in fact succeeded, since his next film, PARTNER, seems to deal with those fears all over again.

Bert says, “I think it’s the same story. I’m still exorcizing.

Then Gelmis asks a question about the influence of Pasolini.

“I think it’s the same story. I’m still exorcizing,” says Bert. And then, “common.”

A duplicated line! The stray word “common” shows that something else was supposed to go there. But the repetition of a sentence in which Bert confesses to repeating himself is a magnificent intervention by the universe, in the form of a printing malfunction. There’s no escape, Bert!

At the top, my edition. Below, the other edition.

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So, I would like to know what BB actually said, so if you have a copy of the book that’s a different imprint from mine, please look it up and tell me. On the other hand, I love it just the way it is. THERE ARE NO ACCIDENTS.