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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
One of my all-time favorite films, and I also love the book and have given as present many times.

I first read Kosinski's Steps when it first came out in paperback. This lead me back to The Painted Bird. I love both but they are filled with searing images from war torn 40s Europe or other depressing places. So it was quite a shock when a satire/black comedy set in America came out.

Kosinski was a strange man who was accused a number of times of plagiarism. He kill himself at 57 years of age.


Yep, I think it is a pretty widely accepted "fact" that he did plagerize. I first read Being There soon after seeing the film. Maybe because the book is so short, but the movie is so true to the book it's like reading the screenplay. I picked up a first edition of The Painted Bird soon after, and as you say quite a different animal.
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