"Lament of the Libertine"–some welcome humor for everyone still waiting to see THE LIBERTINE

Weinstein Company’s failure to release THE LIBERTINE, starring Johnny Depp as 17th century poet John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, has inspired a number of extraordinary responses from Zone members. The latest is Shadow’s witty verse satire entitled “Lament of the Libertine,” lavishly illustrated with Shadow’s own photoshop creations. In Shadow’s “Lament,” J. M. Barrie appears to counsel the frustrated Earl, who wonders why his movie hasn’t been released as promised. Here are the opening lines:

“It started in January while searching for news
Of his wondrous and gracious new movie reviews.
When what to his wondering eyes should appear
But a hole where his name should have shown up quite clear.
‘What is this?’ Wilmot cried, ‘where’s my Libertine ad?
Has the paper forgotten it? Have they all gone quite mad?’

The truth, John discovered in his subsequent search,
Was that American filmgoers had been left in the lurch . . . .”

We won’t leave you in the lurch–you can read “Lament of the Libertine” in its hilarious entirety on the Pit. Thanks, Shadow–we loved every line!

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