Room 1219 by Greg Merritt download in ePub, pdf, iPad
And that the saddest thing about this very sad tale is that, we are doomed to repeat it with a different cast of characters over and over again. It's in stark contrast to all the articles published in many news outlets during the scandal that wanted to paint a story that tantalized and entertained. She was moved to room where nurses and doctors treated her and eventually she was moved to a local sanitarium. Flipping back and forth gives you a respite from being overwhelmed with too much detail. The Arbuckle-Rappe scandal is one of the major reasons why the Hays Code was put into effect so it's crucial for readers to understand what implications that scandal had for film history.
Virginia Rappe The death of Virginia Rappe and the trials against Fatty Arbuckle that followed was a series of events that forever changed film history. Arbuckle was married, yet privately separated from his first wife Minta Durfee, and very popular and well-known at the time of the scandal. This makes his story a very modern one, because the talented rich and famous continue to struggle with the fame they work so hard to achieve. Instead of the monster or the poor sucker that Arbuckle is usually painted as, in this book Roscoe is seen as an artist and entertainer. He pieces together her life in a way that we really get a sense of who she was.
Both Roscoe and Virginia were tried over and over again in the newspapers, the pulpit, and in social circles high and low. Of course the other great loss that Merritt captures is the story's other victim, Virginia Rappe. She was in agony, tearing at her clothes and the fellow party goers had no clue how to help her.
Greg Merritt's Room is probably the best book I've read all year. Even though there is only one chapter devoted to Virginia Rappe I don't feel like she was neglected at all in this book. However, Arbuckle is painted not as a martyr but as a man with all his strengths and weakness on display. There is a lot of humanizing of Arbuckle. His acting career and his flamboyant Hollywood life was essentially over.
Rappe suddenly began to write in pain. Merritt gives us the scenarios presented by the Defense and the Prosecution and examines the strengths and weaknesses of each argument. The key to the book's success is Merritt's organization of the chapters. Merritt is working off of his research and lets the information speak for itself. It's incredibly well-organized, insightful, thoughtful, unbiased, thorough, clear and well-written.
At one point, Arbuckle and Rappe had sneaked off to be alone. They booked the two adjacent rooms and invited some ladies to join them in some Prohibition-era naughtiness. Everyone was having fun when things took a turn for the worse.
And his greater struggles once he found himself there. There isn't much information on her but Merritt does very well with the sometimes conflicting data he acquired. My only very small complaint is that I wanted to learn more about the Mishawum Manor scandal that Arbuckle was indirectly linked to prior to Rappe's death. What I love about this books is how unbiased it is. We learn about his three marriages, his troubled relationship with his father, his penchant for buying expensive automobiles and his friendship and working relationship with Buster Keaton.
If you are not interested in the time period, the context or the people involved then this book might not be for you. Hays, the man who developed and enforced the Hays Code which restricted what could be shown in films. He went on to direct films and found himself behind the same camera that he had once found so much success in front of. And this book has a lot of information to take in so the structure really helps.
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