Origins
01- Introduction
  The Dog
02- Part I
03- Part II
04- Part III
  The Monkey
05- Part I
06- Part II
07- Part III
08- Part IV
09- Part V
10- Part VI
11- Part VII 
  The Dragon
12- Part I
13- Part II
14- Part III
15- Part IV
16- Part V 
17- Part VI 
18- Part VII 
19- Part VIII 
  UR / Drexciya / D1
20- Part I
21- Part II
22- Part III
  Pangea
23- Part I
24- Part II
25- Part III
26- Part IV
27- Part V
28- Part VI
29- Part VII
30- Part VIII
31- Part IX
32- Part X
33- Part XI

09 - The Monkey V

 

 

While sifting through the various options for starting to shape a new film on the basis of the Super 8 mm footage and the videos, I remembered a paperback that my father had given me years earlier - a copy of Arthur Whalley's 1940's translation of the traditional Chinese stories of the Monkey King, called simply 'Monkey'.

Some quick research told me that the material was public domain, as the story was 700 years old, and there were countless film and stage versions of it already existing in most of the Asian world.

The material also contained characters and situations which enabled me to apply the same personification of personalities in animals, as I had used in the Chaplin film, hence the significance of the title 'Monkey' - which does not refer to its main character, as the reader, or viewer, might expect.

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  Alan Lambert 2009