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 on: November 07, 2018, 06:00:14 AM 
Started by Ken Dodd - Last post by Hocine
What an interesting post, Aline. Clint definitely does seem to have an attraction to depicting stories that involve rape. He would likely say that that is because he likes stories that involve conflict (that's usually his standard response to questions about why he's attracted to particular stories), but there may be a deeper motivation that we, and perhaps even he, just don't know. I often wish that Clint were a little more introspective, since I don't think his answers are ever very revealing when he talks about why he chooses particular projects or discusses how and why he directs the way that he does.

I don't think there's any evidence that Clint has any kind of rape fantasy, so I don't agree with that part of your post, but I agree with you that this is a consistent theme in his work. In addition to what has already been discussed, "Gran Torino" also features rape and an attempted rape was depicted in "Pale Rider" as well. Sexual violence is also shown in "Tightrope," "The Rookie" and, as you stated, "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River."

Unlike you Aline, the scene that most disturbs me involving rape in an Eastwood film is actually the scene in "High Plains Drifter." I've long advocated that that scene should have been removed from the film, and I think Clint himself even admitted that if the film were made today, he wouldn't have included that scene.

I've also consistently stated that I thought that "Sudden Impact" was tonally inconsistent from the rest of the Dirty Harry series and that it seemed far too dark to me. I think those are the reasons the film isn't thought of more highly. I've never really thought that that was because the film centered around rape, but reading your post, it makes me think that maybe that's what I've meant by the film being too dark all along.

Thanks to you and Hocine for contributing  your thoughts on this topic. This is such a great conversation.

Thank you, AKA23 !
I agree with you when you said that Clint is attracted to depicting stories that involve conflict.
In his interviews, he didnít tell everything on his movies, even he is sometimes more talkative.
But when someone asked him why he did this or that movie, he usually answered that he liked the story, first of all.
The answers are actually in the movies, in my opinion.
So, we have to see the movies and find out the answers by ourselves.
We have to try to understand his movies by ourselves.
The interpretation of his movies is up to the audience.
I think that graphic violence in movies is a way to show and describe human conflict, its causes and its consequences.
And rape is a form of violence, of course.
In Gran Torino, thereís no rape on screen but we see Sue bleeding and seriously injured.
Then, we learned that she was actually raped.
Violence is graphic in many Clint films: westerns, cop movies, war films, dramas.

How violent will The Mule be ?

 on: November 05, 2018, 10:17:04 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by The Schofield Kid
The first 30 odd minutes of this film is so slow but it is setting up all the characters in the film. Not just Jimmy Stewart watching Raymond Burr's apartment. You have the young married couple, the older couple with a dog, the dancer who seems to be with a different guy each night while her husband is away in the service. The lonely heart lady in the lower apartment and the piano player in the top apartment. They all have stories to tell which are interwoven with the main murder plot.

I'd seen this film before but couldn't remember anything about it. After it was finished I thought, yes, that was OK. But I've been thinking about it ever since. Not many films do that to me. Raymond Burr plays the villain so well and he only has a couple of lines in the whole film. It's just that hulking presence on film is enough.

Jimmy Stewart is one of my favourite actors from that era and he's great in this. That look he gives when he first start looking through the binoculars. He knows it's not right spying but like a car crash, he can't look away.

 on: November 05, 2018, 05:11:40 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by Matt

This is the discussion thread for The Lady Vanishes.  Discuss anything you'd like about this film here!

 on: November 04, 2018, 11:00:27 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by Matt
I may not get to view these films in their designated week but I'm tracking the ones I don't own down. Finally borrowed a copy of Rear Window this week. 8)

Great! Jump in any time!  O0

 on: November 04, 2018, 10:59:51 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by Matt
Oh, please, do add Notorious!

Anything for you.  ;)   It's on the schedule. We're gonna stay busy right up to the week of Christmas now.

 on: November 04, 2018, 09:37:06 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by KC
Oh, please, do add Notorious!

I'm running about a week behind, but I do intend to see them all. :)

 on: November 04, 2018, 06:59:40 PM 
Started by The Schofield Kid - Last post by The Schofield Kid

Crikey, this was intense and I came out of the cinema so drained that it took away from my enjoyment of the film. Great cast and songs though.


 on: November 04, 2018, 05:04:52 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by The Schofield Kid
I may not get to view these films in their designated week but I'm tracking the ones I don't own down. Finally borrowed a copy of Rear Window this week. 8)

 on: November 04, 2018, 04:58:50 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by Christopher
Yeah, you feel so much for Marion in this that the shower scene is always something I dread when I watch it. It's such a sad scene. She'd made a mistake and was now willing to do the right thing and face the consequences... and then it's too late.

I read the novel many years ago (and also the two sequels), and the movie really is quite different in a number of ways. The focus from the start is on Norman. I think it was the screenwriter, Joseph Stafano, whose idea was to make the film's focus on Marion. It seems like I've heard that in a documentary about the making of the movie. The Norman in the book is also a middle-aged man, so he was made younger with Anthony Perkins playing him. Ever since that horrid shot for shot remake of Psycho came out around 20 years ago, I've always thought they would have been better off just re-adapting the book.

 on: November 04, 2018, 04:12:35 PM 
Started by Matt - Last post by Matt
We're about halfway through our Hitchcock film series.  I'm enjoying watching all these films again, so even with the low participation, it's been fun.  We can even maybe tack on Notorious at the end as a third bonus just because it's so great. :)

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