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(AFP)   Novelist, playwright Ira Levin dead at 78. For those of you too young to remember, he wrote "The Stepford Wives." No, not that one. The real one   (news.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2007-11-14 03:55:21 AM  
Also "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Boys From Brazil" among others.
 
2007-11-14 08:08:21 AM  
And one of the bets Christoper Reeve and Michael Caine movies (originally a play), Deathtrap. The guy could construct a plot like nobody's business.
 
2007-11-14 08:09:02 AM  
Damn it, best.
 
2007-11-14 08:09:56 AM  
He wrote the NYT to say that he had lost a little fame. In the crossword world, when the answer was "Ira," the question used to be "Author Levin." Then they switched the question to something about a retirement account.
 
2007-11-14 08:12:48 AM  
He was a great pop-writer. I wish he'd done more stuff (though he certainly did a lot).

"A Kiss Before Dying" is pretty amazing stuff. "The Stepford Wives" was great science-fiction topical (for the time) satire; I wish we had someone doing the equivalent of that kind of writing now.

Anyway, great writer; will miss him.
 
2007-11-14 08:16:50 AM  
I saw Deathtrap when it first opened on Broadway. It was amazing. Mr. Levin was a master at suspense and knew how to introduce plot twists that no one saw coming.
 
2007-11-14 08:16:51 AM  
If you like Levin, find yourself a copy of This Perfect Day.

/read it in high school for an anti-utopian lit class
/yes, I went to a very cool school
 
2007-11-14 08:16:51 AM  
I found the original Stepford Wives incredibly chilling. I found the remake terrifying, but for completely different reasons.
 
2007-11-14 08:22:05 AM  
a_room_with_a_moose: If you like Levin, find yourself a copy of This Perfect Day.

/read it in high school for an anti-utopian lit class
/yes, I went to a very cool school


This.

/well I came to say read "This Perfect Day"
 
2007-11-14 08:23:57 AM  
So when is This Perfect Day going to get the movie treatment? (or has it been already done... so poorly that I haven't heard of it?)
 
2007-11-14 08:24:19 AM  
The stage script for No Time For Sergeants for the win. Golllyyy!
 
2007-11-14 08:25:04 AM  
I've read and re-read his books many times over the years. He was a great writer.
 
2007-11-14 08:30:20 AM  
I think the writer that are on strike took him out .
I wish there was more like him Movies and TV would be muck eazier on the eyes.
 
2007-11-14 08:32:50 AM  
news.bbc.co.uk
/sorry
 
2007-11-14 08:46:35 AM  
signaljammer: He wrote the NYT to say that he had lost a little fame. In the crossword world, when the answer was "Ira," the question used to be "Author Levin." Then they switched the question to something about a retirement account.

He did the same thing to Ira Gershwin. Turnabout is fair play.
 
2007-11-14 08:51:43 AM  
Out_to_pasture: I found the original Stepford Wives incredibly chilling. I found the remake terrifying, but for completely different reasons.

The remake was lame, almost a parody, and a waste of good celluloid.

Rosemary's Baby is still a pretty scary movie, more so than the gross-out-fest that was The Exorcist, in my book. And it was done with almost zero special effects. Just a little old lady with chocolate mouse.
 
2007-11-14 09:00:41 AM  
sluck604: So when is This Perfect Day going to get the movie treatment? (or has it been already done... so poorly that I haven't heard of it?)

The Island
ripped off parts of it.
 
2007-11-14 09:05:07 AM  
Gargling Yambag: Mr. Levin was a master at suspense and knew how to introduce plot twists that no one saw coming.

But he never cheated on the plot twists, a pretty damn hard thing to do.
 
2007-11-14 09:11:18 AM  
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/RIP dear Mr. Levin
 
2007-11-14 09:16:50 AM  
also wrote Sliver, a good book made into a crappy movie with Sharon Stone.

Rosemary's Baby was shot at the Dakota , as was John Lennon
 
2007-11-14 09:19:37 AM  
Rosemary's Baby scares the bejeebus out of me. Ick!
 
2007-11-14 09:30:40 AM  
This Perfect Day is an awsome book. I wonder when we will get our namebers?
 
2007-11-14 09:34:24 AM  
Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei,
Lead us to this perfect day;
Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ,
All but Wei were sacrificed;
Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx,
Gave us lovely schools and parks;
Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood,
Make us humble, make us good.

RIP, Ira Levin
 
2007-11-14 09:36:06 AM  
all I remember about Rosemary's Baby was that Mia Farrow was fappable -- especially before she cut her hair.

Peck really hammed it up as Mengele in Boys From Brazil
 
2007-11-14 09:44:19 AM  
Great writer, made the word "Stepford" an adjective. I actually forgot he wrote "The Boys From Brazil," which was turned into one of the great scenery-chewing movies of all time. Gregory Peck AND Laurence Olivier. Get it if you can find it, it's awesomely cheesy.

/RIP, Ira
 
2007-11-14 10:14:50 AM  
No way! He wrote 'Sliver'........didn't that get made into a slushbucket of a movie where Sharon Stone moved into a building and Tom Berenger watches her Paddling the Pink Canoe?

/wasn't a Baldwin in it too?
//If it's not Predator or Mad Max...im kinda in the dark
 
2007-11-14 10:29:08 AM  
The Boys From Brazil was an awesome creepy story. RIP Mr. Levin.
 
2007-11-14 10:57:51 AM  
I always rooted for Vronsky myself.

/Of course he was a complete hack.
 
2007-11-14 11:03:08 AM  
I just read The Boys From Brazil a couple of weeks ago. AWESOME book, and really great writing. It's a shame he wasn't more prolific.
 
2007-11-14 11:03:16 AM  
I played Clifford in "Deathtrap" many moons ago, and a dumbass local critic biatched that we didn't do the kiss between Sidney and Clifford. He basically said that we were afraid to leave it in because of the potential negative reaction.

Here's the rub - it wasn't in the original play, but was added for the movie. Way to do research, oh great "journalist."

Godspeed, Mr. Levin. Your work will live on.
 
2007-11-14 11:49:51 AM  
"I'll just die, if I don't get this recipe...
I'll just die, if I don't get this recipe...
I'll just die, if I don't get this recipe...
I'll just die, if I don't get this recipe...
"
 
2007-11-14 12:41:53 PM  
Love the film, Death Trap. One of only two or three films I find Christopher Reeve believable and tolerable.

Watched the play with David 'was he Starsky or Hutch?' Soul in Scotland a few years ago. Good performance. Good play.
 
2007-11-14 12:51:57 PM  
Jeez, first Chuck Woolery and now Ira Levin. It's been a bad week.
 
2007-11-14 01:05:57 PM  
I live in Stepford and my grandfather was in that production of No Time for Sergeants

Should I be getting a kick out of these replies?
 
2007-11-14 01:10:59 PM  
I'm partial to This Perfect Day
 
2007-11-14 01:13:37 PM  
a_room_with_a_moose: If you like Levin, find yourself a copy of This Perfect Day.

/read it in high school for an anti-utopian lit class
/yes, I went to a very cool school


Ditto on "This Perfect Day". My personal favorite of all his books.
 
2007-11-14 01:20:39 PM  
The Boys From Brazil. Personal all-time favorite.
 
2007-11-14 01:32:09 PM  
Hey, that's my cousin. Or second cousin...once or twice removed.
 
2007-11-14 01:39:12 PM  
Ooops: This Perfect Day is an awsome book. I wonder when we will get our namebers?

I got mine shortly after being born, 31 years ago,they started the program in 1935
 
2007-11-14 02:12:31 PM  
LiveFromLasVegas: He was a great pop-writer. I wish he'd done more stuff (though he certainly did a lot).

"A Kiss Before Dying" is pretty amazing stuff. "The Stepford Wives" was great science-fiction topical (for the time) satire; I wish we had someone doing the equivalent of that kind of writing now.

Anyway, great writer; will miss him.


Well said. For anyone who hasn't read his stuff, check him out.
 
2007-11-14 02:32:50 PM  
LiveFromLasVegas: "A Kiss Before Dying" is pretty amazing stuff.

THIS

Sliver, the novel, also rocks ridiculously hard; I think I read it in a friggin day. The guy had an incomparably smooth prose style.

/forgiving you for Son of Rosemary, Ira
//RIP
 
2007-11-14 04:03:36 PM  
I just came by to echo the many, many calls for everyone to read "This Perfect Day". One of the all-time great books.

/Top speed, no friction
//There is joy in having it, in control...
 
2007-11-14 04:04:35 PM  
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2007-11-14 04:59:25 PM  
It's been said half a dozen times already, but

This Perfect Day.

One of the best books of all time.
 
2007-11-14 06:39:36 PM  
I HIGHLY recommend Sliver - forget that peice of shait that the honey whole and father of the year's younger brother did - READ THE BOOK! It kicked arse!
 
2007-11-14 07:06:13 PM  
I loved A Kiss Before Dying, and of course Rosemary's Baby and Stepford. I haven't read This Perfect Day, I'll have to pick that up.

Thank you Farkers!
 
2007-11-15 05:04:56 AM  
I suspect that every one of us who read This Perfect Day is checking in at the Fark comment board today.
 
2007-11-15 10:47:44 AM  
a_room_with_a_moose: If you like Levin, find yourself a copy of This Perfect Day.

THIS.

RIP Ira Levin. Not only did he write little trinkets like Stepford Wives, No Time for Sergeants, Boys From Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying, Sliver, and some others, he was a master of the plot twist.

This Perfect Day always struck me as a wonderful combination of mystery and dystopia. Shame it never got made into a film, but it's a brilliant thing inside my little brain's movie theater.
 
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