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Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel

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In the summer of 1970, out on the central Oregon coast, Paul Newman and company filmed a cinematic adaptation of Ken Kesey's epic 1964 novel, Sometimes a Great Notion. The final installment in Matt Love's Newport trilogy, Sometimes a Great Movie chronicles the film's production with an array of first-person accounts, photographs, and newspaper clippings of the time. A large portion of the book is composed of these local stories wherein coastal residents recall their interactions with actors and crew alike, providing a very personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the effects of movie making on a community.

As a narrative thread woven throughout the book, Love attempts to track down corroborating evidence of the now-legendary story regarding Paul Newman (apparently never without a can of Olympia beer), a chainsaw, and the eventual fate of an innocent pool table. Sometimes a Great Movie, in turn, focuses not only on the production process of the film, but also upon Kesey and his masterful book, the creative differences that led to the firing of the movie's original director, the actors and actresses themselves, the logistics of finding a suitable filming location, the film's critical reception, as well as its current commercial status (languishing, with no plans for a DVD release, as one of many films deserving to be brought back into print).

Kesey's novel, of course, far surpasses in scope, storytelling, and overall magnificence the film adaptation, but the movie does indeed feature moments of real excellence. It is far from a perfect piece of cinema, and many of its misfires are given careful consideration by Love. His book is as much a celebration of the novel and its legacy as it is a document of that singular 1970 summer in Lincoln County. Many of Sometimes a Great Movie's anecdotes are the result of dedicated research, serendipity, and the willingness of Love's interviewees to recall events now over four decades old.

Matt Love's commitment to unearthing and sharing forgotten, neglected, and seldom-told tales of Beaver State history never fails to inspire. His love for all things Oregon is evident in so much of his writing, and his curiosity and passion to find her next intriguing story are quite commendable. Sometimes a Great Movie is a fitting tribute to a decent film based on a better book, and lovers of cinema, Kesey, and Oregon history will find much to cherish. It will be all the more successful if it compels even a few people to actually (and finally) read the brilliant novel that made it all possible.
Recommended by Jeremy, Powells.com

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In June 1970, the biggest movie star in the world traveled to the Oregon Coast to film an epic novel about a defiant family of loggers written by a home grown counterculture hero. The star was Paul Newman. The author was Ken Kesey. The story was Sometimes a Great Notion and it has a fanatical following in the Pacific Northwest. What ensued was a wild working vacation between Hollywood and Oregonians involving beer, sex, scotch, loggers, beaches, and perhaps, a spectacularly vandalized pool table.

In Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel, author Matt Love documents the legend of that magical summer and presents over a 125 never-before-seen photographs, including many in color.

About the Author

Matt Love is the author/editor of eight books about Oregon, including, the best selling Far Out Story of Vortex I, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. He writes the "One Man's Beach" column for Oregon Coast Today and the "On Oregon" blog for Powells. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts' Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He's currently working on a novel about teaching in a public high school.

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marylou, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by marylou)
Thanks to Matt's book an unfinished chapter of my life is now complete. That whole summer of 1970 my friends and I in Corvallis were talking about the movie being filmed at the coast and wishing we could meet Paul Newman and the dreamy Michael Sarrazin. Since none of our parents could be convinced of our need to watch movie stars in action, no transportation was ever found and we were left to wonder forever what we had missed. Now through Matt's book I've been able to relive that summer and fill in those blanks. What fun to finally know the full story!

Like other reviewers I recommend the book for its great writing and wonderful pictures (including some of the dreamy Michael Sarrazin.) I also got an extra bonus by taking Matt's advice to read the Ken Kesey novel that inspired the movie. Kesey's work is amazing and powerful.

My personal recommendation is to do what I've done: see the movie, read Matt's book, read Kesey's book, then read Matt's book again and see the movie again. It is all well worth the effort.
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Jennifer Fleck, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by Jennifer Fleck)
Never have I read a work that captures the true community feeling that inhabits the small costal town of Newport, Oregon better than in Matt Love's Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel.

The book itself is a testament to the greatness of the Oregon Coast. Between the locally written stories about personal experiences and the author's personal stories of discovering what really happened with Paul Newman, the saw and the pool table, Love's passion and dedication to uncovering and relaying the unique story of Hollywood celebrities forming bonds with Lincoln County locals is evident in every sentence.

It's impossible to not become passionate about both Sometimes a Great Notion and the greatness and beauty of the Oregon Coast and it's inhabitants while reading this book.
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c-shel, June 5, 2012 (view all comments by c-shel)
The unmistakable cover, the book's aesthetics fit for display, the photos worth cutting out to mount, and the author's passion for making any topic, especially about Oregon, interesting, are just a few reasons you should pick up a copy of Sometimes a Great Movie for your next read. You'll hardly believe the stories in this book, and that these things happened in a small town on the Oregon coast. Sometimes a Great Movies makes a perfect gift for anyone, Oregonian or not. Any reader will have to see the movie afterward, and probably visit Lincoln County.

Sometimes a Great Movie is well-written, including personal accounts from folks that were in the film and around during the filming that are interesting; stories that make this history lesson one worth remembering and keeping alive. This is exactly what the author does with this book, Matt Love has a way of keeping the fun in Oregon history, his passion for this is apparent. If you haven't seen him read yet, you ought to catch one of his upcoming shows.

Did I mention that he prints his books locally?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780974436494
Subtitle:
Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel
Publisher:
Nestucca Spit Press
Author:
Love, Matt
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In the summer of 1970, out on the central Oregon coast, Paul Newman and company filmed a cinematic adaptation of Ken Kesey's epic 1964 novel, Sometimes a Great Notion. The final installment in Matt Love's Newport trilogy, Sometimes a Great Movie chronicles the film's production with an array of first-person accounts, photographs, and newspaper clippings of the time. A large portion of the book is composed of these local stories wherein coastal residents recall their interactions with actors and crew alike, providing a very personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the effects of movie making on a community.

As a narrative thread woven throughout the book, Love attempts to track down corroborating evidence of the now-legendary story regarding Paul Newman (apparently never without a can of Olympia beer), a chainsaw, and the eventual fate of an innocent pool table. Sometimes a Great Movie, in turn, focuses not only on the production process of the film, but also upon Kesey and his masterful book, the creative differences that led to the firing of the movie's original director, the actors and actresses themselves, the logistics of finding a suitable filming location, the film's critical reception, as well as its current commercial status (languishing, with no plans for a DVD release, as one of many films deserving to be brought back into print).

Kesey's novel, of course, far surpasses in scope, storytelling, and overall magnificence the film adaptation, but the movie does indeed feature moments of real excellence. It is far from a perfect piece of cinema, and many of its misfires are given careful consideration by Love. His book is as much a celebration of the novel and its legacy as it is a document of that singular 1970 summer in Lincoln County. Many of Sometimes a Great Movie's anecdotes are the result of dedicated research, serendipity, and the willingness of Love's interviewees to recall events now over four decades old.

Matt Love's commitment to unearthing and sharing forgotten, neglected, and seldom-told tales of Beaver State history never fails to inspire. His love for all things Oregon is evident in so much of his writing, and his curiosity and passion to find her next intriguing story are quite commendable. Sometimes a Great Movie is a fitting tribute to a decent film based on a better book, and lovers of cinema, Kesey, and Oregon history will find much to cherish. It will be all the more successful if it compels even a few people to actually (and finally) read the brilliant novel that made it all possible.

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