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Walter Salles journey to On the Road

May 23, 2012

More than half a century after “On the Road” was published, 30-plus years since Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights in 1978, and nearly a decade after Salles began working on the film, Jack Kerouacs peerless anthem to the romance of youthful freedom and experience has finally made it to the screen with its virtues and spirit intact.Having its world premiere in competition at Cannes on Wednesday, Salles film is a lyrical tone poem about the adventures of Kerouac alter ego Sal Paradise, his best friend and inspiration Dean Moriarty based on the legendary Neal Cassady, who went on to drive the Magic Bus for Ken Kesey and Moriartys wife Marylou. “On the Road” more than captures the purity of that long-ago quest, it uses youthful stars like Sam Riley as Sal, Garrett Hedlund as Dean and Kristen Stewart as Marylou to show how eternal that yearning remains.

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