[Marxism] Catch A Fire
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 28 15:56:11 MDT 2006
>Of course, one would only know that if one had SEEN the movie...
Walter, I don't waste my time with mainstream, liberal pap
particularly when I've made the mistake of enduring a prior film by a
Paul Haggis or a Philip Noyce. I went to see Noyce's "Quiet American"
only because I am the world's biggest Graham Greene fan. This was my
take on Noyce's liberties with Greene's masterpiece--not much
different with the "nuanced" Afrikaner cop:
Robert Schenkkan, one of the screenwriters, told the Boston Globe in
February that he wanted to make Pyle more believable and more
sympathetic. Since he is also involved with terror bombings that are
blamed on the communists, this requires a certain amount of literary
license. Brendan Fraser added, "He couldn't be capable of doing the
awful things he does do. We had to show him some respect, to make him
credible as someone who could take care of himself and have language
skills." Ultimately this doctoring of Greene's prose yields an OSS
agent who might be mistaken for a character on "Friends". With his
dog and baseball cap, this Pyle seems more like a frat boy than a killer.
I should add that life is short. This means that Hollywoodiana goes
to the bottom of my list and other more challenging films go to the
top. Over the past two evenings I went to see a couple of Turkish
films that I will be saying something about when I get a chance. As I
have stated here in the past, the art of film-making is largely lost
in Hollywood. I have a free pass to see just about anything and I
tend not to use it.
If I were to write a screenplay about South Africa, I would use Gillo
Pontecorvo's "Burn" as a model. The ability of the British
imperialists to coopt the liberation movement through its agent Sir
William Walker (played by Brando) would obviously help one write
about the likes of Thabo Mbeki.
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