Saturday, March 10, 2012

'On The Road' Trailer Released

'On The Road' Trailer Released (VIDEO) From Moviefone

Ed here: For many people my age Jack Kerouac's On The Road was a novel of such great moment and vitality that some of us can still quote passages from it. He brought us a Whitmanesque America that the literary establishment scorned and loathed because it violated not only academic respectability but also it was the first shot fired in the revolution that would begin seven years later in Berkeley. The Beats of course weren't revolutionaries; if anything most of them disdained politics and found solace in Buddhism and marijuana and the hypnotic beauty of jazz. I still read On The Road every few years and find it even fresher and more compelling as time goes on. For me it's still the greatest naive hilarious sad beautiful hedonistic yawp of my time on the planet.


The cinematic adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has a long, storied history. (Kerouac himself once asked Marlon Brando to buy the rights and star in the film.)

But the iconic Beat novel will finally be brought to the big screen, courtesy of director Walter Salles, and the movie's trailer has just been released. Sam Riley stars as Kerouac's alter ego Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund plays the Neal Cassady-inspired Dean Moriarty and Kristen Stewart portrays Dean's young wife, Marylou. Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Elisabeth Moss round out the cast.

The trailer sees Riley delivering perhaps the book's best-known line, "The only people that interest me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night."

Watch it below:


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