tony curtis and source criticism, etc.
Peter T. Chattaway <petert@...
2010-10-01 08:01:07 GMT
Over at Facebook, Roger Ebert said this 1985 interview he did with Tony
Curtis was his favorite. Near the end, there is this bit:
" . . . Let me tell you a story, sort of a parable. One day in 1948 I
went to Hollywood. My name was Bernie Schwartz. I signed a contract at
Universal, and I bought a house in the hills. It had a swimming pool.
Unheated, but it had water in it. One night I came home late, I jumped in
the pool, I swam a few laps, I got out, I dried myself off, I put on my
clothes, and I walked directly into this room and sat down and started to
talk to you. Do you see what I'm saying? Thirty-eight years, I don't know
where they went. Gone like that."
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Wells just re-posted part of this 2000 interview:
'Can I tell you a story, Jeffrey?' he said, about halfway through our
talk. 'In 1948, when I was 23 or 24, when I first came out here I lived in
a house on Fountain Avenue. I rented a room there. And they had a swimming
pool. I had an appointment and I got on a trolley car...they were running
right down the middle of the freeway back then.
'Then I got back, I jumped into the pool, I took a shower, got dressed
and got into the car, and drove up here to meet you. That's how quick
these 50-fucking-two years have gone...quick as that.'
Somewhere, John Dominic Crossan is compiling a book called The Essential
Tony Curtis that will feature an ur-version of this story that lends
itself to multiple formulations without committing itself to any of them.
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