“Enid and Rebecca Have Claws”

“I think that’s what we’re all most terrified about: that we’ll just die and disappear and we’ll leave no trace”. Daniel Clowes

“I was a very fearful little kid, and I would always see the worst in everything. The glass was half-empty. I would see people kissing, and I would think one was trying to bite the other”. Daniel Clowes

Daniel Gillespie Clowes (born April 14, 1961) is an American cartoonist and screenwriter. Much of Clowes’s work first appeared in his comic book Eightball, which anthologized self-contained serialized narratives. These stories have been collected and published as graphic novels, such as Ghost World (1997) and David Boring (2000).

“That’s the biggest part of doing comics: You have to create stuff that makes you want to get out of bed every morning and get to work”. Daniel Clowes

His comics in the 21st century have appeared as graphic novels without being serialized. With filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, Clowes adapted Ghost World into a 2001 film, and adapted another Eightball story into film in 2006, Art School Confidential.

“When people get things for free, they tend to not take them as seriously”. Daniel Clowes

They’re high school graduates, and the world’s got hell to pay!



Seymour: So, was that your boyfriend?
Enid: Josh? He’s nobody’s boyfriend. He’s just this guy that Becky and I like to torture.

 “I’m more interested in characters who are a little difficult”. Daniel Clowes


The film tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, two teenage friends who are social outsiders confronted with the prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their friendship.

Enid: Sometimes I think I’m going crazy from sexual frustration.
Rebecca: And you haven’t heard of the miracle of masturbation?

Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) graduate from high school and promptly opt out of going to college. Instead, Rebecca spends the summer looking for an apartment and schlepping lattes to losers, freaks and perverts, while Enid develops an interest in Seymore (Steve Buscemi), a local record collector. Forced to attend a remedial art class, (Illeana Douglas has a hilarious minor role as the flaky art teacher, complete with weird hair, purple batik clothing, and bad video art) Enid soon takes her talent for fucking with people to a whole new level when she uses racist advertising from the 1930s as a found art object. Amid the mean-but-funny pranks, Enid also finds time to help Seymore date, while she and Rebecca grow further and further apart. Ghost World captures the warmth and bitchiness of real friendship, set against a lurid backdrop of American suburban sprawl.

Cast:

Thora Birch – Enid

The name Enid is an Arthurian Legend baby name. In Arthurian Legend the meaning of the name Enid is: From the Welsh ‘enaid,’ meaning soul or life. Also faithful or abused wife. Famous bearer: children’s writer Enid Blyton.

People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optomistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.

Scarlett Johansson – Rebecca

Steve Buscemi – Seymour

Brad Renfro – Josh
Illeana Douglas – Roberta Allsworth

Maxine: It’s really quite something to see you all grown-up like this, Enid. I’d love to know what you’re doing now. I can’t help but feel I had some small part in how you turned out. What are you studying? You were always such a smart little girl.
Enid: I’m taking a remedial high school art class for fuck-ups and retards.

“People seem to need a likable protagonist more than ever”. Daniel Clowes

Enid: God, what a dork.
Rebecca: You’re just jealous.
Enid: Trust me, at this point, I’m past the fact that every single guy likes you better than me.
Rebecca: Oh, face it. You just hate every single guy on the face of the earth.
Enid: That’s not true. I just hate all these extroverted, obnoxious, pseudo-bohemian losers.

“When I close my eyes to draw I always think Chicago in 1975”. Daniel Clowes

Keeping in step with the musical trends of the time, the Windy City rock scene in the early-to-mid 1970s produced a number of popular bands that fell under the categories of prog rock, album rock, or arena rock.

 Chicago, the band named after its home city, can be forever heard on oldies radio with early 70s rock hits such as “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park,” and on power ballad compilations with later, saccharine cuts such as “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and “You’re the Inspiration.”

Hailing from the University of Illinois in Champaign, REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 and released albums throughout the 1970s that perfectly reflected the popular prog rock and hard rock sounds of the decade. It wasn’t until 1980, though, that the band would achieve mainstream success by shifting to a more pop sound, as evidenced by the hit singles from that year’s “Hi Infidelity” record – “Keep on Loving You” and “Take It on the Run.”

 

In the second half of the decade and early into the next, Styx would also have notable impact on AOR rock with prog and hard rock anthems such as “Come Sail Away,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Babe.”

While these bands were scoring mainstream success with popular sounds of the decade, Chicago was also quietly producing a host of bands that took their cues from 1960s-esque pop melodies over arena and prog rock.

 The most notable of this camp was perhaps Zion’s Shoes. The band was at the helm of some of the most melodic and pristine tunes in the history of power pop, including “Too Late” and “Tomorrow Night.” Although they recorded into the 90s, their 1977 self-recorded album, “Black Vinyl Shoes,” as well as 1978’s “Present Tense” and 1980’s “Tongue Twister,” have reached particular cult status among power pop fans.

Even more obscure in the power pop arena were Pezband, who combined early Beatles-inspired melodies with an unpolished edge over the course of three strong records, “Pezband” (1977), “Laughing in the Dark” (1978) and “Cover to Cover” (1979).

 And then of course, there’s Rockford’s Cheap Trick, who became Chi-Town’s most successful power pop act by merging pop hooks with harder-edged rock to forever ingrain themselves into rock history with classics such as “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me.”

“I don’t necessarily like endings that contrive an artificial moment of completion”. Daniel Clowes

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