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"In 1979, Brando proposed to film director Cammell (Performance) that they collaborate on a China Seas pirate story. Brando improvised scenes and Cammell wrote a 165-page treatment; in 1982, Cammell worked the same material into an incomplete novel. Brando dropped the project, but Cammell's widow revived it after Brando's death, and Knopf's Sonny Mehta hired Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film) to gather the extant materials and finish the book."

It's called Fan-Tan.

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jack_ryder
Aug. 4th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
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The same way "Swan" is by Naomi Campbell

(to tell you the truth, I'm interested in Fan-Tan as it was partially written by Donald Cammell rather than due to Marlon Brando's limited involvement.)

(but I'm probably one of the few people still interested in Donald Cammell's work - even though I haven't seen the recut Wild Side yet.)
benpeek
Aug. 4th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
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i don't think i've ever seen anything by cammell, but i think i'll be skipping this book. it's clearly making a nasty grab for cash off brando's name.
jack_ryder
Aug. 4th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Donald Cammell
Found a good article about him here

I strongly recommend Performance if you haven't seen it. Performance has been a huge influence on music video (and therefore contemporary film), with its near subliminal quick-edits. His serial killer film White of the Eye is also worthwhile, but much more conventional than Performance.

BTW - the article makes a brief mention of Fan-Tan, as well as Cammell's connection with the 60s-70s occult scene.
nick_kaufmann
Aug. 4th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
I read about this in the New York Times. Not only will I be skipping it, I think a LOT of people will be skipping it.
benpeek
Aug. 4th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
it deserves it, i think. there's something that just screams cash grab.
ratmmjess
Aug. 4th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I really, really like Thomson's work, and I would have hoped he'd be better than corpse-feeding.
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