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

Director's Notes

Quick Scenes/Flashes

  • 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.

12 Responses to “Quick Scenes/Flashes”

  1. Steve Spragens says:

    Einstein had great respect for Mrs. Eddy. In spite of his younger follies, he probably would have joined her church if he hadn’t been such a heavy smoker. It wouldn’t hurt to have some dialogue between them.

  2. Cecil Bosher says:

    Carl Jung was alive then and of course Freud. How wonderful it would have been if Jung and MBE had met. What a marvelous conversation!!

  3. Nina Riley says:

    Hope you include a scene when Twain was healed of broken bones (treated by a CS practitioner).

  4. Samuel Harris says:

    I have always thought that any movie about Mary Baker Eddy would begin with a title sequence of a little girl running through the woods. As she picks flowers, she hears her name called. The camera tracks her as she runs from Right to Left through the New Hampshire trees. The title song is sung by Mary’s father, Mark:

    “Well our troubles are many and the good times are few
    This story’s an old one, but your love’s something new
    People say you’re an angel and their probably right
    But I can’t see- how my baby- could be standing-
    so close to the light

    CHORUS: No baby of mine could ever be divine
    On your way through those gates girl,
    you better leave me behind
    You know I’m a sinner- no peace would I find
    No baby of mine could ever be divine

    Mary I love you. You’re a father’s pride
    Your manner is precious and your vision is wide
    Your Great Great Great Grandchildren are New Jerusalem bound
    But I can’t see- how my baby- could be with them
    when the lift off the ground

    CHORUS: No baby of mine could ever be divine
    On your way through those gates girl,
    you better leave me behind
    You know I’m a sinner- no peace would I find
    No baby of mine could ever be divine

    As the song ends, Mary runs breathless up the porch to her house.

    Mary: Momma, did you call me?

    Abigail: Why no child, I didn’t.

    Samuel Joseph Harris
    Film, Television and Digital Media
    Texas Christian University
    817 266 2621

  5. Malcolm says:

    In 1906 my father was a ten year old walking home from school in Concord NH when Mrs. Eddy passed by in her coach. He lived on the road to Pleasant View and told us about her beauty, her white hair, and blue eyes – also about the striking elegance of her coach and matched horses. She made a lifetime impression with a smile and a wave. He asked a neighbor who she was, and when he found out he told his mother, who was bedridden. She wrote a note to Mrs. Eddy who dispatched one of her household staff to heal my grandmother the next afternoon. She got up and cooked dinner. The ripples from that healing are still being felt. It’s amazing to me the effect on our family of that afternoon ride a hundred years ago. The power she represented lives on today and your film could tell the story so few know.

    Also, I hope you’ll include Huck Finn’s realization that if he has to go to hell because he won’t turn Slave Jim in, then so be it – seems a turning point in American literature.

  6. Angela says:

    Well, I’m not sure where else to write this but just let me know what I can do Val Kilmer. You’re the Director/Writer/Producer…tell me what you need, just reading the last two comments from Malcolm and Samuel, it seems easy to find inspiration and energy to continue working even when you’re tired, she seems like a great woman, I wish I could have met her.

    I’m at your service,

  7. Kirsti says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if this is something that Jane Austen fans would enjoy (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice). I’m starting to think that might be how it turns out. That wasn’t what I first expected, but that’s what comes to mind after reading Director’s Notes The Feeling. Also,seems like it might be something history buffs would enjoy. This doesn’t seem like action or like the typical movie that I would associate with you. Wondering if the sound and picture quality are going to be good or going to seem like something out of the past? Wondering if we are going to get to hear music from the era? Or just a quiet background. Or something else. You probably can’t afford James Horner. :)

  8. Ariadne Voulgaris says:

    I once heard a testimony in 1st Church Scottsdale by someone visiting our Church from New York say that Albert Einstein attended 5th Church NY. When asked why he attended Einstein said “because it is the Truth”.

  9. Courtenay Rule says:

    I don’t know if there’s any proof that Einstein was ever a regular attendee at a Christian Science church, but there is at least one well-attested story of him attending a Wednesday testimony meeting once at a church in New York (I think it was indeed Fifth Church). Afterwards, he commented to a member, “Do you people realise what a wonderful thing you have?” The member was George Nay, a Christian Science practitioner, who related the story to Robert Peel, Mrs Eddy’s most comprehensive biographer. It’s on p. 28 of Peel’s “Spiritual Healing in a Scientific Age”, and according to the notes, Nay’s account is also in the archives of The Mother Church in Boston.

  10. Ian W says:

    Val, will you be running the Einstein scene past a physics adviser? I imagine it will be important for the movie to be absolutely correct, scientifically as well as historically, in any references to relativity (and quantum physics if that too gets a mention). I listened to a superb podcast last week (called “Spiritual Perspectives”) by astrophysicist Laurance Doyle, who is also a Christian Scientist.

  11. Allan Neal says:

    My Mother is now 89 and can’t remember your name. : ) She keeps asking about the movie as well. She sent four boys to Daycroft, I being the last, and has been a member of the Mother Church for over 50 years. Please hurry!

    The last comment about Einstein compels me to suggest a review of Nassim Haramein’s work, if only for fun. It does well to remember the power of fire not only heats the pot, but burns the fuel. To focus on one aspect of the nature of things can be a dangerous path.

  12. Greg Hallmark says:

    Mrs. Eddy, dressed in Quaker chic, riding through town in the back of a beautiful black carriage on a freezing day … she notices a man walking on the sidewalk … she locks eyes with him … something passes between them … the man stops, profoundly moved … the carriage continues on …

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