Nick Cave - The Exhibition (part 2: Flims, Books, Poems, Diarys and Paintings)


12 juin 2009, 15h41m

Well I'm back with my part 2 about Nick Cave - The Exhibition. There is really so much there it's unbelievable. You could spend days, weeks, months or even years, maybe that is going too far, looking and reading everything. There is so much to read too. Some people seem to have a quick look and move on to the next thing but you are missing so much by doing that.

He's a writer and he's more known for his songs but his Novel And the Ass Saw the Angel is amazing in it's raw draft form as on show here but we also go back to the film script called Swampland not The Birthday Party song Swampland but his first screenplay with the same name dated 1984. Off course the film was never made but was to become his first novel. On the first page which describes the opening sequence as a slow, aerial, track across: the township, Hopper Hill, Cane fields, up the main road, to swampland into a clearing where a figure stands which goes into a close-up of Euchrid Eucrow but this one long shot doesn't finish there it goes right into his eye, into his mind. Cutting to his birth. Page 15 is also open which is when Cosey Mo Returns. The year is 1960, one year after the Hopper Hill insistence almost to the day. I think it would have made a great movie but the novel he wrote it into is so much better than any filmmakers could do. This long aerial shot kind-off reminds me of the opening of Touch of Evil Orson Welles' masterpiece, the long crane shot that goes on forever. Welles is in one of the little framed photos but a very older bearded photo of him. Also Alfred Hitchcock is the only other film director in these little frames around the gallery.

Above this Script is a black and white little photo of William Faulkner. There is a huge glass box with hand written notes and the typed original manuscript of the novel And The Ass Saw The Angel in another one. The manuscript is all piled up in one huge, large, masses stack of pages so you really can't read much but if you could you would be here all year. There is an Emily Dickinson poem above this too which goes like:

That I did always love,
I bring thee proof:
That till I loved
I did not love enough.

That I shall love alway,
I offer thee
That love is life,
And life hath immortality.

This, dost thou doubt, sweet?
Then have I
Nothing to show
But Calvary.

Cave has not much luck in the movie game because his new novel called The Death of Bunny Munro was going to be a English film staring Ray Winstone who was in the only film Nick Cave has ever got of the ground, amazing, The Proposition. Which the screenplay is here at The Exhibition too, maybe I'll write a bit more about it later. The Gladiator Sequel was written at the request of the star Russell Crowe, according to one blogger he's got the synopsis of the script if you want a look go here:
He reviews it with want he thinks works and wouldn't, which is a waste of time. (I really can't say anything looking at my writing here) I wrote in my last journal all about the Ghosts synopsis which was totally different in the final movie. I've also heard a rumor about another film project with John Hillcoat which after the film of The Road is out some time this year, fingerscrossed.

Next film is going to be something called The Wettest County in the World with screenplay written by Cave again and based on the novel by Matt Bondurant. Here is the cover of the Hardback edition, which is now available.

I think Cave should put all these screenplay and synopsis into a book of some kind called something like The Collected Films of Nick Cave.

There is also a book case full of King Ink, King Ink II, And The Ass Saw The Angel books but all in different languages. His drawing of his design for the front cover of his first book King Ink is in there too. On top of this book case is a red breasted robin like this one:

Also in this room is a video playing of Cave reading from the novel which is not, it seems, on youtube because I can't find it so not everything is youtube yet.

One more little framed picture is above the TV looks like an old print of whales tail and sailors being thrown from a longboat so I'm thinking it's an old woodblock print for Moby Dick. On the side of the book case is The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

Some books from Nick Cave's own library collection are in more books cases. I might make a list here. I'm getting a bit sick of seeing long boring lists on but these are going to be books not albums and Nick Cave's books at that!
The Anatomy of Melancholy in three volumes by Robert Burton
Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath
The Sunburnt Country: Profile of Australia
Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis
The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
John Betjeman’s Collected Poems
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje
The Cantos of Ezra Pound
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
Everyman's Library's Erotic Poems
The Dream Songs by John Berryman
Australian Bushrangers
American Murder Ballads And Their Stories
Leonard Cohen
Garden Flowers in three volumes
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
In the Belly of the Beast by Jack Henry Abbott
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett Box-set
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Louis Wain (more than one book about him about 3 or 4 of them)
Houses without Doors by Peter Straub
A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman
High Windows by Philip Larkin
Selected Letters Of Philip Larkin 1940-1985
Thank You, Fog by W. H. Auden
W.H. Auden A tribute edited by Stephen Spender
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler
Saint Teresa of Avila
Saint Francis of Assisi
The Collected Works Of Saint John of the Cross
Inferno / From an Occult Diary by August Strindberg
The English and Scottish Popular Ballards in 5 volumes
Roger's Thesaurus
There books all over the place in this exhibition but I think they're all the ones here (I'll double check next time I go).

Off to one side is a diary called Biscay from 1988 when he entered treatment for his drug addition. It's opened on a page of Notes, it has some writing titled Sad Eyes. On the other page has a shopping list with:
Go into City
Hair Black Die
Black Trouser
Chemist - Syringes, Make-up
(missed a few lines)
Harry Crews (Novels)
A Feast of Snakes
The Gospel Singer
All We Need of Hell

There is Cave's Weather Diary opened on the week of 11th of September, 2001 but he missed seven days after and picked up on 17th with "6:10 Clear, pale blue sky with small clouds, the air chilled, in the yard, with my fag and cup of tea. Planes move overhead... The weather is getting interesting... I sit here, at my desk, feeling no thing will ever be the same, feeling it's all business-as-usual. 11:00 Wind savage now... 11:15 Back out on the street... (my brain, by the way, actually feels numb) I move beyond the penumbra of the power station, the clouds part and warm sunlight pours down on me. The clouds themselves now back lit, show their leaden bellies."

Just to finish off this one I'll write a little about the paintings which there is not many. Tony Clarke's painting of album covers for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album No More Shall We Part and The Best of are here which is great to see smaller then I imagined but still brilliant. Also on show is a few of Louis Wain's cat painting from Cave own collection. Just above is another little framed photo of Buster Keaton. My favorite Wain painting is Cat Violin, 1933 here it is:

I'm still nowhere near finished writing about all the stuff on show but I have to go now, will be back soon with part 3.


  • EncouragingSlug

    I love your long boring lists - not boring at all. Thanks again for bringing good things.

    14 juin 2009, 13h01m
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