Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy - A film by Val Kilmer

Director’s Notes

The “Feeling”

April 2nd, 2010
  • an intimate, incidental story
  • it’s about LOVE not religion
  • a tragic-comedy
  • unconventional lives, unconventional story
  • he’s involved with the past, she’s involved in the future
  • we think we know where we are, then we’re in a different place

Val Kilmer channels his inner Samuel Clemens

March 19th, 2010 – February 12, 2010 — Wearing a white wig and the familiar cream-colored suit favored by Twain, Kilmer held forth at the Mary Baker Eddy Library last night, talking about the relationship between the author and Eddy, the founder of the Christian Scientist movement. Read the article

Val Kilmer tells the story behind the movie

March 17th, 2010

Christian Science Sentinel – December 14, 2009 — Val Kilmer talks about researching the lives of Mary Baker Eddy and Mark Twain and writing a screenplay for his upcoming film with the Sentinel’s Managing Editor, Ingrid Peschke, and Mary Baker Eddy Library researcher Mike Davis. Read the article

Quick Scenes/Flashes

March 2nd, 2010
  • Einstein explains theory of relativity
  • Wright brothers embrace after first flight
  • Frye wants to go see air show. Eddy asks, “How long will you be gone?” His reply: “I haven’t taken a vacation in 20 years…”
  • Inventions in the household…phone, vacuum cleaner…world is changing all around them
  • Twain is reading Science and Health, Eddy is reading Huckleberry Finn
  • Eddy looks straight into camera/staff and asks: “What is God to you?”
  • MBE: “John, will you run down to the store?” FRYE: “he does you know.”
  • The newspapers come out – Twain’s comments are all over them
  • Asa is ill, he’s saying, “Calvin, you must never leave her” and to Mary, “You must look after him…”
  • Salchow and new girl – he comforts her, tells about time he first came to Pleasant View
  • Kinter is very serious guy. He’s weeping later – means something.