Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:05:46 +0000
I saw it and really enjoyed the Twain connections.
I'm not sure why the reviews don't mention them.
You'd think it would've made a good selling point.
From: Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Larry Howe <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:39 AM
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Subject: Mud--homage to Twain
I'm wondering if anyone else has seen the film _Mud_ (2013) one of the =
latest films in the recuperation of Matthew McConaughey's career. I =
mention it here because it bears multiple Twain connections.=20
Namely, it features a couple of boys (not too far removed from Huck and =
Tom) who befriend a fugitive on an island in the Mississippi near =
Arkansas. The fugitive, the eponymous Mud (McConaughey), subscribes to =
all kinds of superstitious beliefs including warding off evil sprits =
with a cross in his boot heel. Like Twain's Jim, Mud spouts lore about =
snakebites and near the climax risks his own exposure to the authorities =
to save one of the wounded boys, who, like Huck in the =
Grangerford-Shepherdson sequence, served as Mud's go-between to the =
woman he loves. If these correspondences weren't sufficient, the Twain =
connection is clinched by the introduction of a loner character named =
Tom Blankenship (Sam Shepard). =20
I'd seen a few reviews of this film, none of which mentioned the =
connections to _HF_. Anyone else seen it or know anymore about it?