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Harry Tracy, Desperado (1982)
SPOILERS!!! The story of a small time criminal and the foolish woman who threw away her future to run away with him
Tracy couldn't offer Catherine anything but life on the run, trekking through the mud and cold, with an occasional stay in the home of someone whose domicile they invaded. In the end, he was shot dead as he deserved, and she is trekking home through the mud, alone, wet, cold, and ruined. Not much of a love story.
What idiots, particularly Catherine! He, at least, did try several times to make her go home.
The Gordon Lightfoot song was nice, though.
A Western More Complicated Than the Norm for the Time POSSIBLE SPOILERS
I watched this for the first time this afternoon. It was certainly more complicated than most westerns of this period. There is no one who is really a hero All of the main characters have a dark side. It was interesting to see Richard Widmark who usually plays the good guy in the role of a man (Johnny Gannon) who is conflicted by his past with a band of rowdies of whom his brother is a member and his attempt to be on the side of law and order. I don't understand why many see the partnership between the high class gunslinger Blaisdell hired by the town, (Henry Fonda) accompanied by his lame self-appointed bodyguard/gambling enterprise partner played by Anthony Quinn, as in any way homoerotic, unlike the scene in 'Spartacus between Lawrence Olivier and Tony Curtis, instead of which it is co-dependent. I guess many who watched missed Morgan explaining his loyalty to Blaisdell (Fonda), saying, "He is the only man who never saw me as a cripple." As Blaisdell's sidekick/bodyguard, Morgan shares in his reputation and as well, Blaisdell's protection from being disregarded/pitied as a 'cripple'. Morgan has no other relationships in his life, and his dismay at Blaisdell's considering marrying Jessie and settling down is that of someone being abandoned. I think we have all heard of a close friend viewing a new relationship as a full or partial abandonment of the friendship and so displaying jealousy. I enjoyed DeForest Kelly as an agitator, albeit one who didn't really care to hurt anybody, in one of his pre-Star Trek 'Bones' McCoy roles. And it is only fitting that the new sheriff/reformed rowdy played by Widmark ends up in the arms of the former saloon girl played by Dorothy Malone.
Incredibly Moving POSSIBLE SPOILERS
I have just finished watching "To Walk Invisible"
I read "Wuthering Heights" as a teenager, and fell in love with Heathcliff. Over time and the advent of feminism,my views on the character have changed considerably, but not my views on the writing of Emily Bronte and her sisters.
This presentation, filmed where the Bronte siblings lived and died as well as the realistic portrayals of the siblings and their father give this film an authenticity that opens a window into their reality.
What is amazing is that given the harshness of their existence and everyday lives complicated by the the alcoholism and debauchery of their brother Branwell, the siblings led such rich interior lives in spite of the drabness of their surroundings and the precariousness of the their small security. Like Austen heroines, the security of their situation depended on either a favorable marriage-unlikely in their situation - or as with Jane Austen herself, an income generated by their literary talents. The roof over their heads was provided by the Church, and would disappear if their father died. Their brother could not be depended upon to support them; indeed it is the sisters who care for Branwell. In this film,it is the austere and domestic Emily, shy, awkward and too attached to home and family to care for fame, who worries about their future, and writes with such passion to express herself and without concern for being published. Nevertheless, the three sisters are successful enough during their short lives to keep the wolf at bay. I do wonder if Charlotte's acceptance of her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nichols after originally turning down his proposal was moved by concern for help with the care of her aging father as well as securing the home in which her siblings and she had lived all their lives. The final scenes of Ann and Emily tending to the body of their deceased brother, are incredibly moving when one learns that Emily was soon to follow, and then Anne: three siblings gone within a year, followed 8 years later by Charlotte. Their father living to the age of 84 under the care of his son-in-law after the death of a wife and all of their children, must have considered his long life anything but a blessing. Unlike other reviewers, I don't agree that too much of the film was devoted to Branwell and his problems. Rather,it points up the wonder that was the brilliance of the works produced by these quiet industrious women in spite of all the obstacles they faced.
Full of Grace (2015)
A Quiet Film About the Last Years of the Mother of Jesus POSSIBLE SPOILERS
I just finished watching this movie, and I was impressed by the simple meditative mood: Mary at the end of her life reflecting on her journey as the mother, not only of her Son, but of the Apostles and disciples He left in her care. She shares her reveries, her pain at the slaughter of the Innocents as she and Joseph flee to Egypt to save the Child, the ordeal of participating in His suffering and death and the lifting of that sorrow replaced by the joy in her heart when He is resurrected. As the end approaches, Mary encourages Peter, whose faith in himself is challenged by the conflict among the early disciples, as well as the others who have gathered around her, by reminding them that Jesus lives within each of them, will strengthen them for the work ahead,and that like Him she, too, will remain with them always. Bahia Haifi as a believable older Mary realistically portrays the mother of Jesus, serene in the face of her approaching death.Her face with its gentle lines and loving smile as she shares her memories is just as I would imagine Mary to look in her latter years. Noam Jenkins effectively plays Peter,struggling with the weight of the role he feels that Jesus has placed on him as the leader of the disciples, and later renewed by his time with mother Mary, is strengthened to take up his task anew. Altogether a quiet reflective film for those who believe, and maybe even those who don't.
A trip down memory lane.
Wow,does this bring back memories! I was in my last year of high school, and having seen Christopher Lee in one of the Dracula movies, I already had a crush on him. I wasn't sure until almost the end that I had seen this before. It was the address of the house that jogged my memory. Now Lee is three years younger than my mother would be if she were still here, and he still looks great and is still acting. Good for him! I do wonder, though, seeing this now, if Lee was wearing a hair piece in this episode. I don't think his natural hair looked like that. I agree with the poster who said that it would have been more effective if the episode focused more on Jorla and maybe a bit more on his history and what he was experiencing and less on the pointless discussions by the crew. It was interesting to see Lee in the role of the victim rather than the perpetrator of fear.
The talking heads are pompous and irritating.
There were actors in this series, so I don't know why IMDb doesn't list the actors who played Giovanni di Medici(Peter Guiness) and his son Cosimo (Pip Torens) among others. I have to say most of the talking heads were extremely irritating especially Dale Kent whose idiotic allusions to the Medici as 'Godfathers' made me want to scream. Lauro Martines who wrote "April Blood" was credible and knowledgeable. The rest are just as irritating as Kent; they are so pompous. Someone should have told them that 'There is a limit to the profitable elaboration of the obvious'. The producers would have done better with captions. That said, 'The Medici' was a fair production, with good photography and could whet one's appetite for more research into the subject. There was a chant played at the death of Giovanni di Medici that I wish I could find, the only memorable music in this series.