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Sidney J. FurieLife and Films$
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Daniel Kremer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165967

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.001.0001

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Colonizing a Wilderness

Colonizing a Wilderness

(p.17) Chapter 2 Colonizing a Wilderness
Sidney J. Furie

Daniel Kremer

University Press of Kentucky

Furie writes a personal script for the CBC to produce, based on an elopement misadventure he experienced during college. Not permitted to direct his script, Furie readapts it into his first feature film, A Dangerous Age (1957), made against all odds in a Toronto that was in no way hospitable to having an independent feature film shot there. He sells the film to the British market as his wife delivers a son and announces another baby on the way. Though he fails to get the film seen in Canada, he follows up with a second feature, A Cool Sound from Hell (1959), starring Anthony “Tony” Ray (the son of director Nicholas), another semi-autobiographical story, about the Beat scene in Toronto. Tony Ray jetted between Furie’s film in Toronto and John Cassavetes’s Shadows (1959), shooting simultaneously in New York. Furie sells the film, once again, to the British market, and emigrates there with his new family in January 1960.

Keywords:   Cassavetes, independent, Beat Generation, jazz

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