October 5th, 2019

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Allegheny College

Allegheny College, from Wiki:

In 1971 the film Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me based on the Richard Farina novel was filmed on college grounds.[13][14]

While the word "Allegheny" is a brand for the college, it is also the name of a county, a river, and a mountain range, and the school has tried to prevent other entities from using this word. For example, Allegheny objected in 2006 when Penn State tried to rename one of its campuses "Allegheny".[15][16] Allegheny president Richard Cook said 'Allegheny' was "our brand."[15] It sued the Philadelphia's Allegheny Health and Research Foundation in 1997 to change its name.[17]

The college and the town cooperate in many ways. One study suggested the Allegheny College generates approximately $93 million annually into Meadville and the local economy.[22] Since 2002, Allegheny hosts classical music festivals during the summer.[23] In October 2006, the college attracted negative publicity after local enforcement cited over 100 people for underage drinking at a college party.[24] In July 2007, a 1,500-pound wrecking ball demolishing part of Allegheny's Pelletier Library broke its chain, rumbled down the hill, careened "back and forth across the street," hit nine parked cars, wrecked curbs, and crashed into the trunk of an Allegheny student's car, pushing his car into two cars in front of him.[25][26] Eight soccer balls in his car "likely lessened the impact of the wrecking ball," and possibly spared his life, according to a police officer on the scene.[25][27] The student body voted to name the library's coffee shop "The Wrecking Ball" after the event.

The college has sponsored panels on unusual topics such as face transplants (2009).[28] Allegheny professors have joined highly visible initiatives; for example, Allegheny professor Michael Maniates, described as the "nation's leading authority on the politics of consumption," joined the board of a project about the twenty-minute film The Story of Stuff by filmmaker Annie Leonard, and generated headlines.[29] Dr. Maniates said "We really need to think of ways of making it possible for people to think about working less and getting by on less."[30] At present, environmental concerns are important at Allegheny, which in 2008 worked with Siemens to devise a "total energy use reduction plan" for the college.[31]


Ray Bolger, taxi driver and many other sources that inspired the joker

Phoenix dances a lot as Joker throughout the film and he worked with choreographer Michael Arnold.

"I think what influenced me the most was Ray Bolger," Phoenix told the Associated Press. "There was a particular song called 'The Old Soft Shoe' that he performed and I saw a video of it and there's this odd arrogance almost to his movements and, really, I completely just stole it from him."

In addition to "King of Comedy," Phillips said he was inspired by 1928 silent film "The Man Who Laughs," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "Taxi Driver." The inspiration is easy to see as it's also about a loner who lashes out at a society that rejects him.

Also though "Joker" is very much its own original take on the Clown Prince of Crime, it's tough to not make some comparisons to the popular graphic novel.

The theme of "The Killing Joke" is that all it takes is one bad day to turn a normal man crazy. That's essentially the story we're seeing in "Joker," just over a series of days.

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