Posted on 5/20/10 08:14 AM
The Sorcerer (1977)
Great film watched it this week the beginning is amazing it comes form the same time zone as the best James Bond films and the Omen. The music is funky and is full of cultural espionage and gives a current incite into organised middle Eastern crime. Prepared for some fast moving camera's that captures of collection people. Be warned though it starts of in Hebrew, luckily there are subtitles included.
The film moves through European locations and was releases the same year blockbuster film Jaws came to cinema's If you like espionage films and like watching movies linked with the occult then you should watch this film.
What I like about this film is the variation of language, the close shots of material items and fine detail to gothic and high class incites into a world perhaps not many of us yet recognise.
The year of the films release i was only five or six and I like many have more memories of Star Wars and Jaws, so its great to go back in time and catch up what I would have watched if I was at the age I am now in the time zone of then. The Internet has given this luxury where we can go back in time and watch quality films then rediscover is worth. Similarly we can find and learn from its content today, like a text book I suppose. Often the case is that writers live in Parallel worlds and in-order to understand you need background information, this gives us access into these parallel worlds where time does not easily exist.
The importance of music never changes however the emphasis on how and what types of music the internet feeds us we attribute this and expect this, how ever cultural world music is just as exciting, classical music is a great example. The Sorcerer uses this particular well, its almost like being in a low key musical performance here in the city. This is conflicting delivered over the top of some great filming, great characters and bullets flying everywhere.
The sorcerer film is difficult to define and plays on human desires and needs. It mixes between money and belief and challenges then all with cultural entertainment and other variations of mediated passions. For example one minute your listening to classical music accompanied by machine gun fire, then your in the car with the cities gangsters singing Irish rebel songs who simply end up distracted and half dead, crashed into a fire hydrant waiting for the cops to clear up the mess. The mess is bloody and the gangsters in the car have pockets laced with $100 dollar bills.
This is the turning point in the film, you see Rod Scheider and then you realises this is in-fact an American blockbuster movie not a low key Cannes Film festival submission. It is a film where cultures meet and European and American values unite through the outcasts of other geographical worlds.
The film includes close up shots of reptilian creatures that rome amongst the land and the location of the film moves with the characters and the events that come to pass inevitably give you a clue of where they are, this is good because it appeals to naturists and even in parts it use like they use in Big brother the birds chirping as a sound track, this if you notice I think is very surreal. In one example the star Rod Scheider is now in Cuba with typical Cuban clothing yet similar to the clothing he and gang wore back in the city, this is a great example of blending characters of a film into the surroundings, I like this its very natural and helps with the explosion of information and scenario's that exist in this film, its great check it out.
Perhaps the reason why this film did not reach its maximum audience is because it appeals to everyone from all backgrounds who work in a number of occupations and perhaps and this is just an assumption perhaps this film was trying to please to many viewers and also it does not immediately fulfil the name of the film although you won't be disappointed with the way this film pans out.
I also think this film is a great example of communications, business psychology and the filming always shifts to give an image of the struggles of common men within industry, in a sense showing both sides of the worlds struggles from the common men working in such a dangerous environment drilling for oil and the pressures of the bosses in Cuba who want to know how to maximise profits during an oil boom in an area renowned for its bottom up society. The working classes will always challenge the way society actually is and Cuba is a county in which we but more so them can really celebrate this bottom up approach. And to know when someone is in trouble there are many others in the area going through far worse than the them does two things. One it brings the emphasis on a moment of trouble and two downgrades the nature of the problem. From start to finish alot of problems in this film occur, I love it and it meets the expectations and criteria of every location it visits.
Without giving to much away but only to answer the questions of alchemy in the movie this film is about movement and how things move and the magic we connect with this, but cosmologically the ability to communicate is a key factor in the Sorcerer, and I guess this is just another celebration of Cuban politics, perhaps this is another reason why this films profits never exceeded its expectations, but we can change that right by reviving these films. The kids today have really embraced the Al Pacino films so why not the Scheider fans. The vorcifourous skills of United Nations knowledge of engineering is like something out the A- Team of McGuver and it would not surprise me if I found out this film inspired some of the creators of these later films we all know and love and can't wait to see the sequel or the remake today.