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August 05, 2022


Thank you for this excelent take on one of my favorite pictures.

Director John Frankenheimer tells several fascinating stories on his DVD commentary for this unique film. One, as I recall it, involved the doubts Frankenheimer had about handling such a potential hot potato. Sinatra, as producer, set up a meeting with John F. Kennedy; if Sinatra's pal JFK wasn't concerned, then the director could rest a little easier and the film could proceed. Sinatra and Frankenheimer discovered to their surprise that Kennedy was an admirer of Richard Condon's novel. After the producer and director made their pitch, JFK had only one question: "So who's going to play the mother?"

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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