to The Duplex Planet
have been made about The Duplex Planet:
Your Own True Self - a film by Paul Athanas and
Jay Rooney (available
in our giftshop)
Premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1994,
this as best
described as a film version of the Duplex Planet. Twelve
men from the
Duplex Nursing Home talk to David Greenberger on a wide
variety of subjects
and over the course of the 45-minute work reveal a range
Features Fergie (William Ferguson), Ed Rogers, John
Lowthers, Bill Niemi,
Ed Poindexter, Walter Kieran, Bernie Regan, George Stingel
and Larry Green.
Produced and directed by Paul Athanas and Jay Rooney
International. Music by Phil Kaplan.
Lighthearted Nation - a film by Jim McKay
This documentary is an insightful look into the Duplex
Nursing Home in
Massachusetts and the resident contributors to the Duplex
Jim McKay interviews David Greenberger, the magazine's
founder and member
of the band Men & Volts. The real stars of this
are the residents of the Duplex Nursing Home, who offer
anecdotes and opinions on subjects ranging from their
and fortune tellers, to their attitudes about life.
This work also includes
a special tribute to Duplex resident-poet Ernest Noyes
As director, McKay does not attempt to mediate the experience
moralize on why the lives represented in this tape are
worthwhile, he simply lets them speak for themselves.
Directed by Jim
McKay for C-Hundred Film Productions, 1989.
A film inspired by The Duplex Planet:
WHITEWASH - A short film by David Kagen
A story featuring Duplex resident Arthur Wallace,
Starring Pat Cranshaw as Arthur Wallace
See David Greenberger in:
THE BAND WHO WOULD BE KING - A film by Jeff Fuerzweig
A documentary about the band Half Japanese.
8 TRACK MIND - a film by Rand Forster
A documenatary about collectors of 8 track tapes
The Duplex Planet Magazine is featured in a scene from
GHOST WORLD, a movie
by Terry Zweigof and Dan Clowes
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
Well, there was what you call Ben Hur or something
that. Or Exodus. Or All Quiet On the Western
Front. I haven't gone to
a movie in years.
You know what I saw and I was so disappointed? Three
and a Baby. It was the most stupid thing I
STEIN: I saw The Nuts with Barbra Streisand.
She's a terrific
actress. Boy, what an actress she is.
Gone With the Wind. And my second favorite movie
PERKINS: Last one I saw was Alice's Restaurant
and I didn't like
it. That's not my favorite movie. Greatest Show on
Earth, that's my
I haven't seen anything in so long. Oh. I'll tell you,
Sound Of Music!
CELIA FLATLEY: I like that Doctor what's his name?
CELIA: Yes, Doctor Zhivago.
MARIAN: That's a nice one
CELIA: I don't see any anymore.
MARIAN: I saw that.
CELIA: I could see that a hundred times.
MARIAN: Well, I've seen it just the once, but I could
see it a couple more
Planet issue #132)
WAS JOHN WAYNE REALLY BRAVE?
ED ROGERS: Oh, ah, he's a good, I would say he's a good,
he's a good
actor. I would say that he's a good actor I mean. The
way he plays his
part, the way he plays his role, his part, I'd say he's
a good actor, yeah.
DBG: But was he really brave?
ED: I would say he was brave, I would say he's brave,
yeah, the way he
plays his role in the movies. Oh yeah, I would say he
was brave, yeah. He
was a brave actor, yeah.
(from Duplex Planet issue #124)
TELL ME ABOUT CARY GRANT
LARRY GREEN: Oh, He's a great lover! I think he married
Beatrice Lily. Fay Wray. He's been married four times.
BILL NIEMI: Cary Grant, well let me see now. Cary Grant
has been an actor
a long time and when he first started out - I think
he started out in the
movies somewhere in New Jersey - and then he was cast
as a sort of a, a
certain doubt worthy, like a heavy character. Mosey-posey
in his way he
became the leading man, like the main character or the
ANDY LEGRICE: He was in the show business, a good actor.
He helped to keep
show business goin' on.
FRANCIS McELROY: You got me, I don't know nothin' about
HAROLD FARRINGTON: He was a resident here one time,
(from Duplex Planet issue # 58)
DBG: Tell me about the Wizard of Oz.
JACK MUDURIAN: The Wizard of Oz is a small-sized person.
He's small in
size, he's not very big, he's a dwarf, like Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs.
DBG: Where is Oz?
JACK: It's in the storybook that you read, Dave, right?
Right Dave, Dave
Greenberger? I'll call you Dave or David, whichever
you want. Right? Right.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE MOVIES?
JACK MUDURIAN: You learn how to be a movie actor. And
how to fight. I saw
Killer McCoy - Mickey Rooney was in that, he played
the part of Killer
McCoy. He was a boxer in the ring.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
ED ROGERS: Oh, my favorite movie? Oh, I think my favorite
movie was, the
best movie was Duel in the Sun - that was my favorite,
yeah. That was a
good movie, Duel in the Sun.
(from Duplex Planet issue #66)
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MONSTER MOVIE?
DBG: That's a movie?
CELIA FLATLEY: Oh God! I never watch any of those kind
Ah, what's that called?
RITA BUTLER: I don't know. I don't watch any of those
HELEN: Oh -- The Munsters! -- 'cause they're
funny and they're not
scary. I mean, some of those monster movies are too
scary to even look at.
Planet issue #141)
Patton, I think
I'll say Gone With the Wind I guess, I don't
don't go to the movies anymore.
I think William S. Hart in The Great Train Robbery
of the best I've ever seen.
Gone With the Wind, I guess maybe. I saw it a
couple of times.
I was gonna say Gone With the Wind, but The
that new one, was very, very good.
Planet issue #155)
WITH THE WIND DIDN'T EXIST, WHAT WOULD YOUR FAVORITE
How about Ecstasy with Heddy Lamar?
BILL MORSE: Yeah, Heddy Lamar. Is that your favorite?
BILL BITTNER: No, it was Lost Horizon. But Heddy
Lamar in Ecstasy
wouldn't be bad either.
BILL MORSE: (nodding) Heddy Lamar.
BILL BITTNER: That Lost Horizon was just wonderful.
They found a
mountain paradise in that one.
I'll go with Gone With the Wind. I saw it three
DBG: But what if Gone With the Wind didn't exist?
HELEN: I wouldn't go to the movies (smiles).
Well, the one I like really
was The Horse Whisperer, that's the only one
I've seen in the last ten
Planet issue #155)
Did Roy Rogers die?
KEN: Oh, his horse did.
Planet issue # 109)
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