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|Originally posted by Frank J Manrique|
Hafta' mellow up and resort to romanticism when it comes to this movie!
Just remember this: TWATL is romantic in a way that is totally opposite of porno and cheap exhibition of the sex act. That's its ultimate siren-like enchanting call on the viewer who's willing to be raptured by the oh, too short of a magical moment...
|Originally posted by mndavenport|
If I simply read a description of this film I would probably never see it. In fact, when it first came out it looked like it would not be worth seeing, but a friend whose opinion I trust urged me to see it and I was hooked. You can pick it apart easily, and I could if I wanted to, but I was immediately caught up in its great romanticism, its witty dialogue, Brian Keith's tour de force impression of Teddy Roosevelt (by far the best I've ever seen), John Huston's John Hays, the American naval officers calling for military intervention, the action sequences (granted they are complete ripoffs of Kurosawa). I think the best action film ever made, an utterly flawless piece of filmmaking, is "The Seven Samurai" (I saw it when it first came out and have owned it in each succeeding format as it has become available) and I would certainly never compare the two, but I've seen The Wind and the Lion at least as frequentl and with as much enjoyment. I would never argue that it is a great film (e.g. Citizen Kane, The Silence, Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Samurai, Godfathers 1 & 2, La Ventura, etc., etc.) but it embodies, for me, great film entertainment (usually when someone tells me they found a film "entertaining" I grind my teeth as to me it indicates a lack of genuine emotional content and depth in the film). In a sense I guess it's a feel good movie, yet most movies characterized that way (e.g. Forrest Gump) I find loathesome. So maybe its a guilty pleasure, but I love it.