But seriously though; for my money and thinking! This has to be probably the finest piece of western history played out on the silver screen, its Right up there with John Wayne's Red River, and his adaptation of True Grit! Also I found the Long in time running movie ''Texas'' very well done and quite accurate in scope!
Interesting is the thought that These type of Movie brings in the Historical Movie Goer's money! Where the off the wall type's hardly make it! I hear of producers being reluctant to invest in these movies--But after they are finished and the type of players featured in them strike a note with the movie goers, Thy are very profitable, so where is that fine line--Its in the writing of the script! Gunsmoke for example-over 20 years running and folks never tiring of it! Even today they still bring in big money for the DVDs and of course ''The Virginian'' A True Classic! Could it be that its the Actors that are-not there any longer? With out these folks there is No Movie to watch or script to read!
Where did the sign Hat Creek Cattle Co. Come From? I found this explanation in Wikipedia encyclopedia:
The sign for Gus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call's Hat Creek Cattle Company includes a Latin motto, "Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit," which appears to be a reference to a proverb first attributed to Juvenal. The proverb, "Uva Uvam Videndo Varia Fit" is translated as "A grape (uva) other grapes (uvam) seeing (videndo) changes (varia fit)." Some readers think McMurtry's substitution of "vivendo" for "videndo" is an artifice used to underscore Gus's lack of education and unfamiliarity with Latin. But later, when Call asks Gus about the motto, he jumbles it comically, not even pretending to know what it means. Having established that, McMurtry gains nothing by adding a spelling error that only Latin scholars would catch. Likewise, it seems unlikely—as other readers have suggested—that the substitution was simply a typographical error. Although the substitution is ungrammatical, "vivendo" means "living," turning the phrase "A grape changes when it sees other grapes" to "A grape is changed by living with other grapes;" or, since we are not really concerned with grapes after all, to "We are changed by the lives around us." The author's alteration takes on greater significance in light of the larger themes in the narrative that deal with how one leads one's own life and with living itself. These themes are also indicated in the remark made by Gus to Call: "It ain't dyin' I'm talkin' about...it's livin'."
GREAT PEICE OF RESEARCH. RICH. THANKS FOR THE FOLLOW-UP
Dave: I'll do you one better and save you the track down--I found my copy at the University Of Texas Press!
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Its a little spendy but well worth the bucks! Some things are not to be measured in dollars!