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technission BS: western flicks (122* d) RE: BS: western flicks 12 Feb 02

"Stagecoach" already recommended, just chiming in to say it has been part of curriculum for past 25 years at university (where I work in film/photo dept) - not just as film history but also for the film production classes, to try to teach those pups something about *structure* and *film language* -it's like performing an intervention on their MTV-warped visual cortices. And still being currently screened for the same purposes, "McCabe and Mrs.Miller" - it's dark visually and thematically but Leonard Cohen soundtrack for a western - and it works!?! Well, directed by Robert Altman; he *makes* it work! I won't even tell you the star-studded cast, you wouldn't believe it, go to to verify or search for any film info. As for "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid", the older I get the less I like a Peckinpah bloodbath but how can you not watch Kristofferson as Billy, while listening to Dylan songs and seeing the Zimmer-man as a camp follower?? If you get the bloodlust from that, take a break from westerns to cross the pond and see "Straw Dogs". Peckinpah set in UK, disturbing to watch at some times but ultimately satisfying. OK, spaghetti westerns already lauded but "G B & U" best of Clint's in that genre IMHO, you just have to settle in for the long haul and absolutely watch to the end through all the credits because the action continues and affects your final opinion. "In this world, Tuco, there are two kinds of people: those with guns, and those who dig. You dig." "When you have to shoot, shoot - don't talk!" Enough said, but I can't *believe* nobody came forth with "Pale Rider" - Clint as you expect him, championing the oppressed; good vs evil on two fronts and satisfying resolution! For much lighter fare action/comedy/western try "Maverick"(1994) with Jameses Garner + Coburn, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster... And seriously, you need to get out of this western rut and check out "The Stunt Man" (1980), Peter O'Toole playing an obsessed director, the luscious Barbara Hershey (oops I give myself away) superb suspense and twisted plot with glimpses into filming processes. I'm sure I heard it's just out on DVD or about to be, with making-of footage and interviews included, I can't wait. Just promise to NeveR see it on commercial TV, it gets butchered for time and major subtleties are lost. So, get better, but pace yourself to leave time for viewing! Haha, got a broken ankle myself, down 3 mos. already with another O.R. visit and 2 months before I ambulate unassisted, but at least I can strum. HANG in there! (But make sure your bounty-scam partner can really shoot that noose rope!) /> michael

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