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If Hitchhiker is a must-see for the dedicated fan so much more so is a new film biography of Douglas Adams entitled Life the Universe and Douglas Adams While a shorter bio and tribute appear on the second DVD of the Hitchhiker release this is a full length look at the life and work of Douglas Adams This film by Joel Greengrass and Rick Mueller explores the details of Adams life in a warm funny loving way Life is sentimental but never mushy and while an obvious tribute to the man it never becomes one of those insipid eulogies that seem to sprout overnight like fungi whenever a celebrity passes on This is a realistic look at a real live human being from the points of view of those who knew him best Interviews with Adams early teachers and comedy partners and friends including Mary Allen Terry Jones and Berkeley Breathed and sister Jane Garnier are interspersed with previously filmed interviews with Douglas Adams himself as well as film clips of Adams giving lectures and even video of Adams on vacation Wonderful pop-up style factoids appear onscreen at opportune moments and a Babelfish translates British English battingdriving about aimlessly for clueless Americans Readers of The Salmon of Doubt will find much of this film familiar Many of the incidents recounted here are mentioned in Adams own writing compiled posthumously in Salmon We see film footage of Adams a passionate defender of endangered species hiking in Africa wearing a rhinoceros suit Mark Carwardine Adams collaborator on Last Chance to See speaks of their travels Adams himself speaks about his fascination with animals and nature We learn where 42 came from and when Adams first discovered the importance of having a towel on hand at all times As I mentioned this is a film about a real human being foibles and all Mary Allen remembers Adams exuberant overenthusiastic reaction to his
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