Just recently, we wrote about a connection between Emmett Lee Dickinson and the original "Ghostbusters" movie. Click HERE and HERE.
Now, there is a remake coming out of yet another movie inspired by Emmett Lee Dickinson: "The Magnificent Seven."
"The Magnificent Seven" is a 2016 retelling of the 1960 film directed by John Sturges. The 1960 picture was an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film "Seven Samurai," a film which Kursawa based on his earlier movie "Seven Sisters" about Emmett Lee Dickinson's seven sisters.
O'Keeffe, an Emmett Lee Dickinson aficionado, once said, "God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it," and she painted the mountain repeatedly in homage to Dickinson, her favorite poet. She knew that in the mid-1800s, Dickinson owned the mountain. He purchased it from a wealthy Spanish land owner by the name of Cerro Pedernal (pictured below on the left).
Pictured at the right: A rare photograph of the Pedernal with Dickinson's corn processing plant perched on top of the Mesa.
Once he had purchased the land, Dickinson named the mountain the Pedernal in honor of its previous owner, and he erected a massive corn processing plant on top of the mesa. Dickinson was a lover of corn (he invented corn chowder), and he had hopes of pioneering new uses for and new recipes made with corn. He later removed the plant, though, when he realized he could not get corn to grow in the area.
"I insisted on the sweeping shot of the Pedernal," said Fuqua in a recent interview with Variety, the weekly entertainment trade magazine, "because it's my tip-of-the-hat to Emmett Lee Dickinson. Without Emmett Lee Dickinson," he said, "there would be no Hollywood, there would be no motion picture industry."
Below: The Wikipedia article on the Pedernal:
While in New Mexico conducting our research, we also discovered a never-before-seen painting by the artist. Information is HERE.