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Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Laurie61, Dec 19, 2014.
A dark but thoroughly brilliant film....
Monsters from the ID ... seems to me they're still around.
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You met me at a very strange time in my life -
When we think of James Cagney of Hollywood's yesteryear we think of him leaning out of a window with a Tommy Gun shouting: "You'll never take me alive copppper !!!" (Apparently in any gangster film he ever made he never once said: "You dirty raaat !!" )
But he was a song and dance man first !! .... a hoofer as they say in the States.
The final scenes of what has always been one of my favourite films set in World War Two. Loosely based on fact, it tells the story of an art obsessed German officer (Paul Scofield) who attempts to ship a museum full of great paintings back to Germany via rail as the allies approach Paris. He is opposed by a French railway man Burt Lancaster in a bitter and violent struggle to stop the train. Directed in visceral black and white by John Frankenheimer, it is an ultimately sad film not in the business of glorification.
Not able to sleep I got up in the early hours a few nights ago just as 'Easy Rider' was being shown on the box. I remember seeing this at the Picture House, (I think, could have been the Odeon) roughly when it came out.
Looks phenomenally dated now with its quirky direction from Dennis Hopper but it had a soundtrack to die for, including this track from The Byrds big hit cover of a Pete Seeger song. It had a much different effect on me this time than when I saw it back then (69/70 or thereabouts.)
In some respects it played a part in showing the death knell of the Sixties, to quote Peter Fonda near the end of the movie: 'We blew it."
Crappy resolution on the video, but much better on my telly ... (probably better than the Picture House. )
Alan Rickman demonstrating with Tom Selleck that you need to be careful when doing your research: