In the film Kurtz (Marlon Brando) has the books The Golden Boughby James Frazer and From Ritual to Romance by Jessie Weston in his bookshelf. Eliot refers to both of these works in the footnotes to his poem The Waste Land.

Also, the Dennis Hopper character quotes two of Eliot's poems:

From "The Hollow Men":
"This is the way the fucking world ends! Look at this fucking shit we're in, man! Not with a bang, with a whimper... And with a whimper, I'm fucking splitting, jack...!"

And also from "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock":
"I mean I'm no, I can't, I'm a little man, I'm a little man, he's, he's a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas... I mean...."



Orson Welles wrote an entire screenplay for "Heart Of Darkness"; his Mercury production company had already successfully broadcast a radio adaptation which had been extremely popular with listeners throughout the US. However, Welles abandoned the idea of bringing "Heart Of Darkness" to the big screen, later concentrating on "secondary" projects, one of which was to become "Citizen Kane".




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