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Neil Simon R.I.P

Old 08-26-18, 12:15 PM
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Neil Simon R.I.P

Prisoner Of Second Avenue was one of my favorite movies while I was still in single digits, and was followed a few years later by the Goodbye Girl. To this day, I still love both.
His voice was identifiable and indelible and after a while, I think, that became a liability as it sounded more and more like typical sitcom beat writing.

When the stars aligned though, when the material and the actors reading it were perfectly in sync, his work was magical to me.

Barefoot In The Park
The Odd Couple
Plaza Suite
Prisoner Of Second Avenue
The Heartbreak Kid
The Goodbye Girl
The Sunshine Boys
The Cheap Detective
Biloxi Blues

A hell of a body of work. I need to track down Chapter Two now, as I never realized it was semi autobiographical (about a widower getting on with his life).

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Old 08-26-18, 12:20 PM
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Jesus. What a day. Great writer. I mostly only know him from the film adaptations of his work.
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What an amazing writer! RIP
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Totally randomly this morning before I heard the news, I was thinking of subletting an apartment, and that reminded me of The Goodbye Girl.
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Re: Neil Simon R.I.P

Also include:

Murder by death
Seems like old times
Lost in Yonkers

Great writer....
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Old 08-26-18, 04:56 PM
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Such a great writer. RIP
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Old 08-26-18, 05:27 PM
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I re-watched THE ODD COUPLE (1968) on TCM earlier this month, a film I hadn't seen in decades. It was the first Neil Simon film I saw and the difference in watching it now is that I'm on the other side of the fence, age-wise and divorce-wise, than I was the last time I saw it, so I could relate to the depiction of male pain more intently now. And it's a pretty honest depiction of it.
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Old 08-26-18, 05:53 PM
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It is wrong to say but I thought he passed years ago
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Old 08-26-18, 09:21 PM
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I saw "The Dinner Party" in 2001 on Broadway, starring John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Len Cariou, Veanne Cox, Penny Fuller, and Jan Maxwell.

It was a blast!

I've always like his plays.

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What an amazing writer! RIP
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