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The Last Unicorn

Spain
Monday's big GAME OF THRONES extravaganza with Maisie Williams and the wolves is not the only special event we'll be having this week at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

So come on Monday by all means... but then mark your calendars and come back again a week from today, on Saturday January 25, when Peter S. Beagle will be visiting Santa Fe for a special one-day show featuring his animanted fantasy masterpiece, THE LAST UNICORN.

Peter S. Beagle, for those unfamiliar with his work, is one of the great living masters of fantasy, winner of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the  Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.    He's been writing the stuff a lot longer than johnny-come-latelys like me.  In 1960 (eleven years before I made my first professional sale), he published A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, a delightful story about a man who lives in a graveyard, which remains a personal favorite of mine.   Other titles by Beagle include I SEE BY MY OUTFIT, THE INNKEEPER'S SONG, LILA THE WEREWOLF, TAMSIN, GIANT BONES, and many many more, all of them terrific... but his best known work, to this day, remains THE LAST UNICORN, a classic fantasy about Schmendrick the Magician, the Red Bull, Madama Fortuna, Molly Grue... and, of course, the last unicorn.


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First published in 1968, the novel became an instant classic, and remains so to this day.   In 1982 it was made into an animated film, with a screenplay by Peter himself, and the voices of Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, and Christopher Lee featured.  The movie was popular as well, but subsequent legal disputes made it unavailable for long periods of time.   But now it's back, and Peter has it and will be bringing it to Santa Fe and the Jean Cocteau for ONE DAY ONLY next Saturday.

We've scheduled three screenings: a matinee at noon, an evening show at 6:30 pm, and a late show at 9:00 pm.  Peter Beagle himself will be on hand for all three screenings to introduce the films and answer questions, and afterward he will be signing book, videotapes, and other merchandise, plenty of which will be on hand in the Cocteau concession area.  Tickets for these special screenings will be $12 (the usual discounts apply).

In addition, at 5:00 pm, I will be joining Peter on stage, for a dialogue about fantasy, writing, live, love, what have you.  A combined ticket -- any show of THE LAST UNICORN plus the PSB/ GRRM dialogue -- will go for $20.

You can purchase advance tickets at the Cocteau website at http://webtixs.easytixs.com/JeanCocteauCinema/TicketingStartPage.aspx?635256716192656250  .  Or you can take your chances at the door. (But I would not advise the latter.  These author events have all been selling out).

((YES, our website's advanced ticketing system sucks bigtime.  I know, I know, I know, no one has been bitching louder than me.  It is ugly, hard to navigate, user unfriendly, and you have to go through eight bloody pages before you actually obtain a ticket.  We're working on it.  "Working" here meaning "scrapping the damn thing and starting over."  But these things take a while, so all I can say for now is, please persist.  You will get a ticket in the end if you don't give up.  And if you want a screening AND the dialogue, the 'Combined Ticket' function has been a major pain, so just buy separate tix for each event, and we will refund you the difference at the door.  And again, my apologies)).

Oh, and if Peter S. Beagle and THE LAST UNICORN are not enough for us, we also plan to mount a special Last Unicorn Art Show in the Cocteau gallery.  Prints and artwork will be for sale.  Along with pizza, candy, and the best popcorn in New Mexico.

(And the real movie fans can stay for the midnight show, and catch THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE).  Which has no unicorns whatsover, but did you expect?  Peter Beagle got the last one.

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( 19 comments )
lacelamb
Jan. 19th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Ugh, that sounds so lovely! I have the DVD but still, I wish I lived in New Mexico instead of just Mexico, haha. I would really like to watch this on a big screen as well as meeting Mr. Beagle and let's not even talk about Maisie, the wolves and GOT.

I hope that the new mexicans enjoy it a lot since I can't!

Edited at 2014-01-19 01:39 am (UTC)
asher63
Jan. 19th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
My family read 'The Last Unicorn' when I was growing up. Love love love.
pumpkinqueen144
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
so much awesome! oh how i wish i lived about 26 hours closer!
dair_spb
Jan. 19th, 2014 07:53 am (UTC)
Head living separately? That's so Professor's Dowell's Head (the plot is different though)
balinares
Jan. 19th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
'Kay. Guys.

You're in the Santa Fe area? Lucky you. Set aside your January 25, and go.

These here columns are largely about raving in adoration of our kind host for giving us endearing characters and then killing them off gruesomely, but just this once, let's make this about someone else.

Do not pass up this chance to get to meet Peter S. Beagle.

Not just because he's a writer of consummate talent, gifted with a genuine poetic wit. Not just because he's a master storyteller, able to turn life stories into tales that keep entire audiences rapt in joy and wonder.

But also, and mostly, because he's a wonderful human being, and you'll come out richer for the encounter.

Thank you.
thefirstalicat
Jan. 19th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, your various special events at the theater have me contemplating a move to New Mexico, a place I'd never have considered living previously (I'm an ocean person, don't like land-bound places). I'm so happy that Mr. Beagle is still around and productive; I get positively giddy every time I run across a new story of his. And I've never seen the film, only heard of it. Sigh.
chris_warrior
Jan. 19th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
i want to be there SO BAD... but Syracuse, NY.
invsagoth
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
That sounds wonderful. I'm happy for everyone who gets to go! I live too far away, unfortunetly. Maybe someday I'll live closer to the interesting things!
memyselfandrye
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
I loved that movie...
...as a kid growing up in the 80's. I fondly remember that film but have not seen it in 25 years maybe. I can't believe how much I remember...or think I remember at least. Schmendrick... I definitely did not understand that name when I was a kid. I think I have Larry David to thank for the enlightenment,
snowbunny
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
Probably one of the best movies from my childhood that still makes me choke up when I hear the song.
Miriam Zivkov
Jan. 20th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
The Last Unicorn
That's MOMMY Fortuna.

Sorry, but she's one of my favorite characters in that story.
Leonardo Batista Trierveiler
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
You should buy a cinema here in Brazil. It's frustrating to see everything you have to offer and simply can't go. I hope one day I can visit your cinema!
serlucastyrell
Jan. 20th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
R'hllor
Quick and, unlike the last one, spoiler-free question:
How do we pronounce R'hllor? I know you once said we could pronounce the names as we wished - and I pronounce it Reelar - but it would help a lot if you could guide me in this. Thanks anyway, Ser.
grrm
Jan. 21st, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: R'hllor
I say Ruh - Lor.
serlucastyrell
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: R'hllor
Thank you! I was having some trouble imagining people saying His name. So complicated. I guess that's why no one says the Great Other's, it's probably even more complicated.
BTW, Rulore makes much more sense now.
Adam Croxton
Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:07 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great event!
I come here just about every day for news of winds of winter im afraid to say... Sry im addicted
But besides my unpure motives i must say i do really enjoy the blog.
I got a question if you would be so kind.
Do you plan in the future to go deeper into asoiaf's past? Like perhaps a story on the fall of valyria?
I love the universe that you have created and im afraid i am nevergoing to want it to end.

Oh and one more thing. Do you plan to visit Louisville again anytime soon? Its probably my only hope of getting to see you in person. I know your publisher most likely decides that but please remember the turnout you had there in the past. It would make my day.

Thank you

Edited at 2014-01-22 11:12 pm (UTC)
deathling
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
I'M ALIIIIIIIIIVEE!
Servete CocaCola
Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
The last unicorn is an awesome animated movie, and I really enjoyed the book as well. I wish I lived closer to watch it and meet Mr. Beagle. Will we get any pictures on the blog from the gallery?
Mat Jones
Jan. 23rd, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
The Last Uni
Wow! I remember this film :) But more interestingly, it reminded me of my favourite animated movie, well, perhaps to this day, "A Flight of Dragons" - similar artistic style and voice acting.

Now there's a suggestion for a future showing! ;)
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