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A Stolen Paradise

A novel written by Howard Johns

This film and the characters, reenact the shooting of the original movie “ Night Of The Iguana”. The story of the making of the film is well documented an presented in a lively fashion. It reminds one in some ways of "The Great Gatsby" which takes us all back into a mystifying world of wealth; whereas "Stolen Paradise" takes you into the rarified air above the world where only celebrities soar. And in the same way that wealth is demystified in "Gatsby," celebrity is demystified and stripped to its harsh reality in "Stolen Paradise."  The surprise is what’s left.

The making of the film serves as an ideal frame to examine the lives -- both current and past -- of people who gather like performers in a carnival whose brief presence in a small Mexican town brings an unforeseen era of personal drama, titillation, salacious speculation, and media focus that will alter their lives.  While in Puerto Vallarta, the actions of these world class celebrities in many ways forecast the destinies that will soon lie in wait for them.

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