Hey guys, we'll be getting started here in a little bit. Hope this is fun....I've never liveblogged a non-live event before. Quick Bill Murray update: he has not emailed me yet.
Someone, tell Bill Murray his wife is about to have sex on TV!
So years ago, I bought the Special Edition DVD of Groundhog Day, which has a little featurette and director's commentary from Harold Ramis. And the featurette is pretty good -- the original script was much darker/artier, it started with Phil being already caught in the repeating loop. But the director's commentary is just terrible.
Here's the original NYT review from 2/93.
"That glimmer of recognition is what makes "Groundhog Day" a particularly witty and resonant comedy, even when its jokes are more apt to prompt gentle giggles than rolling in the aisles. The story's premise, conceived as a sitcom-style visit to the Twilight Zone, starts out lightweight but becomes strangely affecting. Phil Connors, Mr. Murray's amusingly rude Pittsburgh television personality, surely deserves to be punished for his arrogance. But who in the audience hasn't ever wished time would stand still and offer a second, third or even a 20th chance?"
That poem is My Native Land by Sir Walter Scott: poemhunter.com
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.
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