Saturday, September 30, 2006

Big Sur: The Way It Was

Henry Miller arrived at Big Sur, California, in 1944. Thanks to Earthflix, you can now watch the documentary Big Sur: The Way It Was on-line (provided you have Quicktime). The film is broken up into eleven parts. Henry appears in several segments, giving his impressions of this coastal region. In Part Four, Miller tells of his origins there:

"I fell into Big Sur by accident. I never knew of Big Sur and I was just taken one day by Varda, whom I was living with in Monterey. He brought me down, put me up at Lynda Sargent’s home in a log cabin, where Nepenthe is […] That’s where I was living. I must have stayed two or three months with Lynda before they found me a cabin. I had never had any experience living in the country, doing all the rough work, fending for myself. Suddenly I had to do everything, cook, you know.

"I’ll never forget that climb up and down that hill on Partington Ridge for the mail every day. […] I lived at Anderson Creek in that shack, one of those convict shacks, do you recall, at the edge of the cliff. That was marvelous. Marvellous. Though we had no conveniences, we paid seven dollars a month rent; think of it. When you look back, those days of poverty are the best."

A few other quotes from Henry:

"The most important thing about Big Sur, I think, was the neighbours. Never anywhere in the world did I find people like in Big Sur. The good neighbour. One felt absolutely secure there […]
Another thing I like about Sur: it kills off the weak. Only the strong survive there, I think."

The documentary--shot in the late 1960s-- features many Big Sur-era photos of Henry that I've never seen elsewhere, as well as a shot of Miller's mailbox, where the letters of Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin and others were once stuffed.

Miller's loyal assistant at Big Sur, Emil White, is also interviewed on camera. “[In 1944] [Henry] was the only one on Partington Ridge, " says White. "He needed help. He’s not very handy with his hands, except on the typewriter.”

Besides the Miller footage, the documentary also provides an overview of Big Sur, it's history, its culture in the 1950s, and a profile of the hippie-active Big Sur of the late 1960s. Miller is heard on voice-over, criticizing the young. "The adults have failed," he says.

I had touched on Miller's life in Big Sur in this post here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that link! Would never have seen it otherwise... :)

Tony, UK

7:31 am  
Blogger RC said...

I just stumbled upon it myself recently. Happy to share.

6:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link is not working for me

2:01 pm  
Blogger chenlina said...

ed hardy clothing
gucci shoes
cheap jordans
coach outlet
true religion outlet
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin outlet
cheap air jordans
air force 1
supra shoes
coach outlet store online
canada goose jackets
ray ban outlet
michael kors bag
ray ban sunglasses outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
gucci handbags
running shoes
uggs outlet
louis vuitton
oakley sunglasses cheap
uggs outlet
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
north face outlet
louis vuitton outlet
nike huarache shoes
lebron 11
instyler max
air max uk
uggs for men
cheap nfl jerseys
canada goose coats
hermes birkin
coach factory outlet
oakley sunglasses
toms wedges
michael kors uk

2:56 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

jets jersey
denver broncos jersey
golden state warriors
celine outlet online
pittsburgh steelers jersey
seahawks jersey
fred perry polo shirts
chicago blackhawks jerseys
green bay packers jerseys
valentino shoes
indianapolis colts jerseys
jacksonville jaguars jerseys
oklahoma city thunder jersey
eagles jerseys
dolphins jerseys
san antonio spurs jerseys
mac cosmetics sale
nike trainers
jaguars jersey
49ers jersey
chicago bears jersey
vans shoes
washington redskins jerseys
carolina panthers jerseys
mac cosmetics
detroit lions jersey
cheap nike shoes sale
cleveland cavaliers jerseys
baltimore ravens jerseys
tods outlet online
chargers jerseys
san antonio spurs jersey
air max 2014
bills jerseys
new england patriots jersey

2:14 am  
Blogger chenlina said...

nike tn pas cher
rolex watches
coach outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
toms wedges
ugg boots sale
christian louboutin
christian louboutin outlet
ralph lauren polo outlet
pandora jewelry

1:41 am  
Blogger valentantonova said...

the proprietor know when it is time to empty the loaded dirt bin, while Title the Advanced Cleaning Head is optimal for Best essential oil diffuser reviews & purchasing guide 2017 residences with family pets.

8:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You require batteries to run this pedestrian and also luckily, some are offered in the Our Blog retail plan. Battery life is The Best Baby Push Walker For Your Growing Little One ensured approximately 3 hrs.

3:50 am  

Post a Comment

<< Home