Very into film from a family of film buffs. I love the medium of film and it's potential to record; deliver messages; philosophize; to make us feel & think; to be magic; to provide escape; to entertain and it's connection to life. There is poetry in some films. I have had some involvements on the fringes of the film industry. I have met many stars. I am a poet; nature lover; 60s freak and Mental Health Professional.
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Dr. Miles Bennel: I never knew the meaning of fear until I kissed Becky.
This "slice of life", a la early 60s, small southern town USA, is touching, although a bit depressive. Steve McQueen is a narcissistic "hard head" singer-song writer with visions of fame but the deck is stacked against him. Lee Remick is the loving wife. Both characters are somewhat iconic. It is frustrating to see how close they come to happiness, yet it slips away. There may be no place like home, but there is a wicked witch, living in Norman Bate's house, in the form of Henry Thomas' (Steve McQueen) foster mother, who helps put the whammy on them, with help from the Mcqueen Character himself, who can't seem to "get it". His priorities are out of whack; he has no diplomacy; can't shrug anything off and lives by his dream to the expense of all else. The main character, Henry Thomas is interesting as we learn of his background and something of the forces pulling him apart. The graveyard scene is revealing and memorable. The acting is supurb and the black and white cinematography adds to the realism.
Why isn't Maria Ouspenskaya's name on the cast list? She played Janos's (Karloff) mother ("Yan-noosh, my son"). The Karloff character in this film and his ray reminds me for some reason of Nicola Tesla who reportedly was into something similar in real life. I saw this film many years ago but remember it as holding my attention and fascinating me with it's pseudo-science; sets and period capture.
In an age of the decline of good film making, Troy is a welcome masterpeice. Closely following the Iliad, it is truly a classic come to life on the screen. From the soundtrack, to the acting, to the cinematography, it is a believeable and quality picture. Were there blond Greeks or clean shaven Greeks and Trojans? No matter, it is still believable. The fight scenes are very exciting and realistic. I want to know who the trainer was! The secondary love story between Archilles and Breseius adds interest and depth. The tension between Archilles and Aggememnon was well done. All of the characters were believeable. The chanting helped to make the film seem like a page out of history. Finally the twist given at the end to the creation of the myth of Archilles' heel was brilliant and amusing and a light on all fact turned myth, for that is what myth must be. I applaud this film.