On the Road (film)

On the Road is a 2012 Brazilian-French[6] adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles. It is an adaptation of the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film stars an ensemble castfeaturing Garrett HedlundSam RileyKristen StewartAmy AdamsTom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice BragaElisabeth MossKirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. The executive producer wasFrancis Ford Coppola. Filming began on August 4, 2010, in MontrealQuebec, with a $25 million budget.

The story is based on the years Kerouac spent travelling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, includingWilliam S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

On May 23, 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film received mixed early reviews after it premiered at the film festival.[7][8][9] The film also premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

On_the_Road_FilmPoster

On_the_Road_FilmPoster

http://www.ontheroad-themovie.com/?lang=en

Synopsis

Just after his father’s death, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for freedom, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves.
Film On the Road

Film On the Road

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So this weekend I immersed myself in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. I followed it up with John Leland’s Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of ‘On the Road’ (They’re Not What You Think) which not only deepened my appreciation of Kerouac’s novel but cleared up a lot ofmisconceptions about the book and Kerouac. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the music and Leland compiled a great list of songs that Kerouac references. I thought I’d share.

The film version is in production now with director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) attached. I can’t imagine anyone else who would be able to bring this to the screen but him.
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Book cover

Book cover

 

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