Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Catch 22: I'll be happy to see George Clooney in my living room.


Another reason to stay home and watch what we used to call the boob tube. George Clooney is set to produce, direct and act in a six-episode adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22



Clooney is not taking the lead part of Captain Yossarian—played by Alan Arkin in Mike Nichol’s 1970 movie—instead, he’ll take on the role of Colonel Cathcart. I’ll definitely need a refresher course on Catch 22, maybe read the book again and re-watch the original which also starred Richard Benjamin,  Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Martin Sheen, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight and the list goes on. It was one of those movies where they use big names all over the place, including Orson Welles.  

Remember the story?

About the book

Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original. 
It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attempt.)
His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly.
The others range from Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur (he bombs his own airfield when the Germans make him a reasonable offer: cost plus 6%), to the dead man in Yossarian's tent; from Major Major Major, whose tragedy is that he resembles Henry Fonda, to Nately's whore's kid sister; from Lieutenant Scheisskopf (he loves a parade) to Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has ever dared ask him his first name; from Clevinger, who is lost in the clouds, to the soldier in white, who lies encased in bandages from head to toe and may not even be there at all; from Dori Duz, who does, to the wounded gunner Snowden, who lies dying in the tail of Yossarian's plane and at last reveals his terrifying secret. 
Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.
Shall we watch the trailer for the 1970 film just for fun? 


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