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Title: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: don strouds combover on March 24, 2014, 06:15:37 AM
I've seen this small part of Dirty Harry mentioned a couple of times over past posts but I'd like to draw attention to it again.

I think Pauline Kael may have ducked out for popcorn during this scene , as i believe to be a stunning example of cinematic talent.

Mae Mercers delivery of her two lines of dialogue still ,  after decades of viewings, cause chills and almost shock me to tears.

Don Seigel's composition and structure of this seemingly effortless scene are breathtaking, reminiscent of the stunning swooping dolly shot in Andrej Wajda's "Ashes and Diamonds", or John Sturges staging of the railway track scene in "A Bad Day at Black Rock".

And Clint's wordless look of anguish upon hearing " He's only.........12........years .....old......."  is like a filmic slap in the face.

Richard Schickel once said " As an actor, Eastwood is probably better than he allows himself to be." 

Not here he isn't, it's right there for everyone to see.

Eastwood, Seigel and whoever wrote the lines ( Dean Reisner??) created , perhaps , the definitive motion picture statement of the effects of modern crime and mindless violence.
Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: KC on March 24, 2014, 10:45:39 AM
Excellent post, thanks for the observation!

And welcome to the Board!
Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: The Man With No Aim on March 25, 2014, 01:03:00 AM
Where in Dirty Harry is this scene? I havent watched DH for many years.

Wait, you are gonna make me be tortured by having to dig out my DH dvd (its 5 feet away from me right now, and my player is two feet away) and suffer the ordeal of watching one of the very best Eastwood films to get to finding and seeing that scene?

OK, I give up. Its a awful job but I gots to do it.
Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: don strouds combover on March 25, 2014, 04:40:50 AM
Do it you know you wanna !! its in the first 3rd of the film, Scorpio's second victim. Surely the bleakest scene in all the DH movies, the utter hopelessness in the voices of the people and that look from Harry...
Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: The Man With No Aim on March 26, 2014, 08:54:17 PM
don, thanks for the exact info. Still, you got me inspired to watch DH complete again which I will do as soon as I can get a round toit.
Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: KC on March 26, 2014, 08:59:09 PM
... which I will do as soon as I can get a round toit.

Don't you have one, MWNA? Useful gadgets, those.  ;)

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Title: Re: Dirty Harry " Charlie Russell " scene
Post by: The Man With No Aim on March 26, 2014, 09:10:12 PM
Awww Shoot! Now I got no excuse anymore! You blew my cover.

And I speled it wrang too!

Anybody need some square toots? I got some fro sale cheap.