'On The Road' out today
Brazilian director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) brings to the screen this jubilant adaptation of Kerouac’s generation-defining second novel On the Road. It’s presented today in competition at Cannes, as well as hitting screens nationally. Inspired by the wild years that writers Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady – Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in the novel – spent crisscrossing America, the largely autobiographical pages of On the Road are the most cult chapters of American literature. Written in one draft, in 3 weeks, on a 120-foot roll of paper in long sessions of spontaneous prose, On the Road launched a free and innovative writing style, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s love of jazz and improvisation. You can actually see this extraordinary manuscript in Paris, in an exhibition (until 19 Aug) prepared to coincide with the release of the film at the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits.