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ONE WHO WALKED ALONE

Posted on: 30 July 2006

“Interviewing Novalyne was a trip, because she’s a woman with a lot of integrity. She only said what she wanted to say; there was no way she was going to get specific about that moment.” Vincent D’Onofrio
The man who chooses to follow a dream to its bitter and ultimate end, walks alone.” Robert E Howard

“I met Bob Howard today! I was sitting on the front porch with my physics book in my lap, trying to absorb some of the uninteresting facts in it, when I heard a car stop by the two big oak trees in our front yard.” Novalyne Price

To say I love this film is an understatement and so I just had to get the book on which it was based. The script sticks fairly well to the dialogue, so in effect the film wrote itself. Most of their conversations took place in the car driving around the countryside, although others did in fact occur on locations as filmed. They talked deeply about politics, writers, religion, their work and Texas. Novalyne’s writing gives a great insight into their two personalities, although I think Vincent D’Onofrio captured Bob Howard magnificently considering he could not meet the man himself. For Renee Zellweger there was the opportunity to meet Novalyne. Novalyne is undoubtedly a highly spirited and highly intelligent young woman, but she never really understood Bob. She writes frankly and whether it was her intention or not, she comes across for me anyway, as even a far less warm or caring person than Renee portrayed her.

Enough for now… no doubt I shall post more later.

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15 Responses to "ONE WHO WALKED ALONE"

Sounds interesting, Ann. I’ll look forward to hearing more of your impressions.

I love this movie. I had no idea what it was about before I watched it…it was wonderful!

Great job, Ann … as always!

The movie is truly beautiful. 🙂

Thanks for the first impression Ann. I’m looking forward to read more!

I seem to remember Vincent and Dan Ireland talking about ‘getting the action OUT of the car’on the commentary to the film. Thanks for sharing your views on the book Ann, I’d love to read it – and it’s still a beautiful, heartbreaking film.

This was a great movie and I thought Novalyne was years ahead of her time, for a woman in the 30’s.

I think I read that Olivia D’Abo was originally supposed to have that role but she got pregnant and had to bow out. It would have been a completely different movie.

jojo, I heard that too. I for one am pleased she didn’t play Novalye; I think Renee captured her very very well.

diane, it would have been tiresome and uninteresting to shoot so much in the car. I think the splendid scenery added to the magic of the film.

Thanks for reading it for us, Ann. I wish I didn’t have about 50 books waiting to be read or I’d add it to my list.

But then we do have the film.

You know, I’ve never read the book, or seen the movie, I need to check it out!

I MUST read this…..Thank You Ann

Ann, Ann..did you feel that at the time she wrote the book she STILL didn’t understand him? She’s more mystifying than he was…
..yeah, I know..read the book! 🙂

Firefligh: I actually think she wrote the book with frankness and candour, the way she honestly felt when they were together. The years would have given her time to reflect and probably later in life she would have understood the enigma that was Robert E Howard. She could have written the book in such a way to put herself in a better light. I admire her for not doing that and for allowing her true personality at the time to come out.

Oh gosh, once I get going…. sorry…. maybe I need to do another post, but I am pressed for time at the moment.

lotsa luv ann xxxxxxx

This is very interesting site… » » »

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