The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 7, No. 3

1950: Friends and Lovers

by John Boorman

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The passion underpinning films like Leo the Last and Hope and Glory was driving John Boorman long before he became the great director. In a mid-20th-century bomb-gutted London, he was a young man lacking capital and skills but brimming with grand designs. He started and sold small businesses, discovered Eliot and Newton, fell in love with the same woman as his best friend, and cooled his ardors by swimming in the frozen Thames in the dead of winter. Here, Boorman eulogizes his 1950, a feverish interlude between his service to school and the army.

 

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