Posts from 4th June 2009

Jun 09

REPOPULATE: Bobby Darin: Dream Lover

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While Tom is off on paternity leave, this gives the popular comments crew the breathing space to look back at some of the older posts which due to shifting around servers, and comments systems may not have as much discussion as one might imagine. I’m calling it Repopulate because I think its clever. I’ll be doing one of these a day, and have turned off the comments on this thread so you need to click through to the actual post. I’m starting with an old favourite of mine by teen dream Bobby Darin.

BOBBY DARIN – Dream Lover.

Flash Of Tedious

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It is said that everyone has a book in them. BOOK, get with the times GRANDAD – everyone has got a film in them right*? What this misses out however is that these books, or films, may not actually be good ones. Take, for example and because it is the film I am actually talking about here, Bob Kearns. Bob Kearns invented the intermittent windscreen wiper. A small college science teacher and small time inventor he cracked the HOLY GRAIL of the car companies. Or so the film Flash Of Genius tells us, the invention of said windscreen wiper is up there with the invention of flight, or that act of petty larceny Prometheus committed.

Its a film with small ambitions. It shows how Bob invented the wiper. It shows how the dastardly car companies nicked it off him. It shows how he became obsessed, went a bit mad and then sued the car companies, took them to court himself and eventually won. I would have warned you of spoilers except there is only one thing in this film which isn’t predictable and that’s the break-up of his marriage.